(LAKELAND, FL)– The Central Florida deputy sheriff who was killed while serving a warrant in Polk City last week was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Funeral services for 21 year old Blane Lane were held at Victory Church in Lakeland this morning, followed by a law enforcement procession to his final resting place.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke at the memorial service.
“Blane will be remembered for the greatness of his heart, his nobility of spirit… he rose up against the wicked so the lands would be safe.”
In the early morning hours of October 4th, Lane, in the company of three other deputy sheriffs, attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a repeat drug offender who had failed to appear in court on a methamphetamine charge.
The suspect, 46 year old Cheryl Williams, retreated to a room inside the trailer home where she was living with a realistic-looking BB pistol and waited for the deputies to make entry.
Lane remained outside, taking up a tactical position, while his three colleagues entered the trailer.
Williams confronted the trio with the gun and two of the deputies then opened fire on her.
Moments later, Deputy Lane reported that he had been shot, having been struck by a bullet that passed through the trailer’s aluminum walls.
He had only been a deputy sheriff since January.
Williams has a long history of drug charges including a 9 year prison sentence for meth trafficking.
She faces charges of second degree murder for causing the death of Deputy Lane.