Date: February 18, 2005 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Grady Judd
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 981-2374 Pager

SAO finds Shooting Justified

Two Polk County Sheriff's deputies received letters today from the Office of the State Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit, in reference to two deputy-involved shootings that occurred last month. In both cases, the SAO has ruled that both shootings were justified.

The first incident occurred on January 24, 2005, and involved the use of force against fleeing felon Wesley Caruthers. Deputy Sheriff Shawnee Macawley was found justified in using force while attempting to apprehend Caruthers. Caruthers remains in the Polk County Jail on charges of violating federal probation charges, and for bank robbery.

The second incident occurred on January 26, 2005, and involved the use of force by Deputy Sheriff Joe Murphy while he was trying to prevent Morgan Langston from harming himself. Mr. Langston had barricaded himself in a room, armed with a handgun and threatening to commit suicide. Mr. Langston then pointed the gun at deputies on the scene, resulting in D/S Murphy's use of force. Mr. Langston has been treated for his depression and injuries and is recovering.

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