A burglary in progress in Lake Wales last evening ended in a fatal shooting when the son-in-law of a homeowner whose home was being burglarized was surprised by two suspects leaving the home having broken into it. Preliminary information is as follows:
Just after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, a Lake Wales resident was conducting a perimeter check of his mother-in-law’s residence, located at 948 Miami Street in Lake Wales, as he routinely and frequently does at night on behalf of his mother-in-law. He typically arms himself with his legally owned handgun while checking that the house and perimeter are secure (his mother-in-law was not in the home on this particular occasion). Her home had just been burglarized one week ago.
As the son-in-law was checking the rear of the residence a “dark figure” jumped out of the window over his head and scared him. The window is over 5 feet high, and holds a window air conditioning unit. The suspects gained access into the house by pushing the unit into the bedroom. As the son-in-law was ducking and backing away a second figure dressed in black also jumped out of the window, nearly hitting him. The son-in-law was surprised and drew his firearm. As the second figure stood his ground and started making furtive movements toward the son-in-law, he (the son-in-law) felt threatened and fearful that he was going to be shot or attacked by the suspect and started shooting toward the suspect and backing away. The son-in-law also shot toward the second figure as he continued to back away and run toward a trash can.
Members of the Lake Wales Police Department were the first units on scene and discovered a black male deceased in the back yard. The deceased was dressed in a black T-shirt and black shorts, and he was wearing gloves. Lying on the ground a few feet from him was a black stocking cap. A perimeter was quickly established to look for the second suspect. Canine and Air responded to assist. The second suspect was not located and he is at large at this time. A bloodhound also responded to assist in a track. All local hospitals were also contacted in case a victim arrived. It is unknown if the second suspect was struck with any of the rounds fired.
The deceased suspect was identified as Kelvin Lorenzo Bagley, DOB 2/24/1980, of 2500 Hughes Road Apt 1 in Haines City. He is a sexual offender and has an extensive criminal history ranging from trespassing, drug offenses, and fraud, to a lewd act on a child and armed burglary.
Kelvin Bagley has been in the Polk County Jail 12 times since 1998, on charges such as: Lewd and Lascivious Act On a Child Under 16, Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams, Giving False Info to LEO, Battery Domestic Violence (several counts), VOP (several counts) and DWLSR.
His most recent arrest was May 17, 2009, on charges of Armed Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Petit Theft, Resisting Arrest, DWLSR, Tampering With Evidence, and Possession of Marijuana. He was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in state prison for these charges. He was released from prison on April 12, 2010. Bagley has been a registered sex offender since August 9, 2001, for Lewd and Lascivious Act On a Child Under 16.
**In accordance with FSS 119 Public Records Statute, we are not releasing the son-in-law's name and information at this point in time, for his protection and safety, as there is a second suspect at large involved in this case.
The investigation is ongoing.