On Friday evening, November 21, 2014, PCSO deputies thwarted a Frostproof man's efforts to shoot them during an altercation at the man's home.
According to the affidavit, around midnight that evening PCSO received a call in reference to a physical domestic disturbance at 61 Lake Lane in Frostproof. The suspect, 44-year-old Tommy Lee Parker, pushed and punched a woman and confined her to a bedroom in the home. The woman and her daughter were eventually able to escape from the house and call PCSO for assistance. After they fled, the suspect armed himself with a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition.
When deputies arrived on-scene, they could hear the suspect inside, yelling and cursing at them. As deputies approached the front door, the suspect revealed a portion of his body and hid the rest of his body behind the door. He then yelled for his son to run outside to deputies.
After the boy ran outside to safety, Parker continued to disobey the deputies' commands to come out and show his hands. One of the deputies who was closest to the suspect deployed his agency-issued Taser. Simultaneously, deputies heard a gunshot - Parker had discharged a round from the rifle he had hidden behind the front door when he was struck by the Taser. The round lodged in the door and nobody was shot.
While deputies were taking Parker into custody, he said, "As soon as my boy got out, I was going to shoot at y'all and make you kill me. If I haven't (sic) got Tased that's what I was going to do."
Parker was booked into the Polk County Jail for one count Shooting Into Dwelling, one count False Imprisonment (DV), one count Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, and one count Battery (DV). He remains in jail under no bond. He has four prior arrests in Polk County.
"Given the recent events in Tallahassee and the tragic loss of Leon County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith, I am extremely grateful that the weapon discharged by Tommy Parker against our deputies didn't harm them or anyone else. Law enforcement officers across the nation deal with dangerous people like Tommy Parker every day, and we are fortunate to have tools on our belts such as the Taser to peacefully bring about resolutions like this one." - Sheriff Grady Judd