Date: January 27, 2005 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Grady Judd
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 981-2375 Pager

Deputy Involved Shooting

An armed suspect threatening to shoot himself was shot last night (Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005) by a Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy after he pointed the gun in the direction of deputies who were attempting to talk him into safely putting the gun down. The suspect received non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released into the custody of a mental health facility for further evaluation.

At 9:18 p.m. last night, PCSO deputies responded to a residence located at 671 Ellison Parkway in Haines City, reference a call that a man was threatening to shoot himself. Deputies unsuccessfully attempted to talk the man - Morgan Nicholas Langston, DOB 2/29/80, of that same address - into putting down his gun for approximately one hour. At around 10:30 p.m., the suspect pointed the gun in the direction of the deputies. Deputy Joe Murphy responded by firing one shot, which hit the suspect in the wrist of the hand in which he was holding the gun. The single shot also struck the suspect in the shoulder area. Langston was transported to Heart of Florida Hospital, where he was treated and released into the custody of a mental health facility for evaluation. Langston is being charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

In keeping with standard Sheriff's Office procedure in all deputy-involved shootings, Deputy Murphy was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the PCSO review of the shooting. The State Attorney's Office also is conducting an independent review of the incident. Murphy first joined the PCSO in 1993 as a deputy. He resigned in 2000, and re-joined the agency in 2001.

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