“Today could have been a tragic day for the PCSO and the community of Mulberry,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Douglas E. Meadows was on a mission to kill deputies today but he did not succeed. With the great work of our deputies, SWAT members, and the partnership with the State Fire Marshal, Lt. Storie - a dedicated member of our PCSO family - is still with us.”
Preliminary information is as follows:
Around 12:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012, PCSO deputies responded to 4060 Poinsetta Drive in Mulberry after the PCSO Emergency Communications Center received a call in reference to an attempted suicide. At the residence, deputies attempted to make contact with Douglas E. Meadows, DOB 7/29/1970, however, as soon as they arrived, Meadows started firing shots at the deputies with a scoped rifle.
Meadows' wife, Samantha Nikole Meadows, DOB 9/8/1974, exited the home on Douglas' command, upon which he barricaded himself and continued to fire shots towards the deputies, moving around from window to window in the home. During the shooting a round ricocheted off the gravel road and hit Lieutenant Terry Storie, who was using his agency-issued Chevrolet Impala as a shield, in the right leg.
The PCSO SWAT team arrived on scene. With the assistance of the State Fire Marshal, who are also members of the PCSO SWAT team, a robot was deployed to assist deputies in gaining a better visual of the situation. Meadows shot at the robot, hitting it 3-4 times. The robot was damaged but still operational. The SWAT team then deployed chemical agent into the residence, causing Meadows to exit the home where he was apprehended by deputies and taken to the Polk County Jail. Meadows is facing several charges, including Attempted Murder on a Law Enforcement Officer.
Further investigation revealed that Douglas Meadows and his wife Samantha had gone fishing that morning, and Meadows drank alcoholic beverages to the point he could not drive. Samantha drove him home. When they arrived home, they started arguing and he threatened to commit suicide. Meadows made the statement to his wife, “I am going to end it all.”
Douglas E. Meadows has no criminal history and had several firearms in the residence.
Lieutenant Terry Storie was transported to LRMC and released with minor injuries.
Lieutenant Terry Storie is 47 years old and has been a member of the Sheriff's Office for 19 years. He was hired as a deputy sheriff in March 1993, promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2007. He has served in several capacities at PCSO, including K-9, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, General Crimes Investigations, and his current assignment is as the supervisor of the Southwest District Alpha Platoon. He has been a member of the agency Dive Team and SWAT Team. He is originally from Nebraska and is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Lieutenant Storie is married and has three children.