Young Florida Congressman fatally shot by friendly fire

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old deputy was fatally shot by what appeared to be friendly fire early Tuesday from deputies with whom he was serving a warrant in central Florida, authorities said.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Deputy Blane Lane was shot in the left arm and chest in a trailer home in Polk City, Fla. while serving with three other deputies on a warrant for a suspect, who was wanted for failing to appear on a felony drug charge.

Shots were fired after MPs spotted the suspect with what appeared to be a pistol aimed at them but was actually a BB gun. Two of the deputies fired their guns, and “the bullet that hit Lane came from one of her firearms,” ​​according to the sheriff’s office statement.

The deputy, whom Sheriff Grady Judd said was one of the youngest of the squad, was taken to a hospital where he died “despite valiant efforts,” the sheriff said.

Suspect Cheryl William was also hit multiple times. She was taken to a hospital where her condition was stable. She faces charges including second-degree murder, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office planned to hold Lane’s funeral with full law enforcement honors. Young Florida Congressman fatally shot by friendly fire

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