(POLK CITY, FL)– A 21 year old sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant in Central Florida on Tuesday.
Responding to a Crime Stoppers tip, PCSO deputy Blane Lane, along with 3 other deputies, entered a Polk City trailer home just after 3:00 AM Tuesday to take Cheryl Williams into custody on a failure-to-appear warrant stemming from a methamphetamine charge.
Williams was found holding a weapon, later identified as a BB gun, and deputies fired upon her.
Lane, who was positioned outside the trailer, was struck by a bullet fired by one of his colleagues inside.
He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center but doctors were unable to save his life.
He had only been a deputy sheriff since January.
Speaking at an afternoon press conference Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called Lane ‘brilliant’ and said he was careful when he did his job.
Judd said Lane was the father of a three year old girl and that it had been his dream to become a law enforcement officer.
Williams has a long history of drug charges including a 9 year prison sentence for meth trafficking.
Judd said she will be charged with second degree murder for causing the death of Deputy Lane once she is released from the hospital.