A 27-year-old man was shot by police after he broke a beer bottle over his head while holding a gun.
Matthew Correa was shot on Saturday, as authorities were trying to bring him into custody after a crime spree.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported that the incidents began around 8:19 a.m. when Correa and a woman stole a red Toyota pickup from a supermarket in Winter Haven.
They then went into a tire store and demanded money from an employee. When the employee told him that there was no money, Correa pulled a rifle out of a duffle bag and pointed it at the employee. He then searched for money himself but left the establishment when a customer walked in.
Deputies later spotted Correa driving the pickup truck on U.S. 17 near Cypress Gardens Boulevard and deployed stop sticks.
The stop sticks did not work and Correa continued driving at one point, attempting to hit a deputy with the truck.
Deputies were eventually able to surround the vehicle at which point Correa stopped.
He then sat in the vehicle with a shot gun resting under his chin as he dared authorities to shoot him.
As deputies attempted to de-escalate the situation, Correa stood up through the sunroof of his truck with a shot gun in one hand and a bottle of Busch Light in the other.
He then held the gun in a threatening manner and broke the Busch Light bottle on his forehead.
A deputy, believing they had come under fire then responded by shooting at Correa:
“The sergeant who was behind Correa and unable to see the bottle, heard the popping noise and believed Correa had shot at his deputies,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “The sergeant fired one shot at Correa, striking him in the neck.”
Correa was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
He faces multiple charges including armed robbery.