April 22, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Shooting At Cookout
Results In The Death Of A Lakeland Man
6:40 p.m. yesterday (Sunday), Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies
responded to a shooting at 6608 Shepherd Oaks Pass in Lakeland.
Polk Sheriff's detectives learned that Michael Redish, DOB 12/27/78, of
6608 Shepherd Oaks Pass in Lakeland, and his wife had several
friends and family members over for a cookout yesterday afternoon. Those
who attended the cookout included Joseph Conner (who's related to
Redish by marriage), DOB 2/5/75, of 605 S. Saddle Creek Farm Rd. in
Lakeland, his wife and a male friend. At some point during the
gathering, the male friend who came to the party with the Conners began
Eventually, Redish and the Conners' friend (who had been drinking) began
fighting in the backyard of the residence. According to witnesses,
Joseph Conner became involved in the altercation and threatened to kill
Redish several times. The fight then moved inside and into Redish's
bedroom. While in the bedroom, Redish grabbed a handgun and shot
Conner one time in the abdomen.
Conner was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical
condition. At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning (Monday), Conner died
from his injuries.
Sheriff's Office detectives have not charged Redish in the shooting.
The case will handed over to the State Attorney's Office. The State
Attorney's Office will review the detectives' findings and determine
whether or not to charge Redish.