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Video: 2 Murdered, 4 in Custody After Ultraviolent Florida Crime Spree

January 16, 2015  | 

VIDEO: 2 Murdered, 4 in Custody After Ultraviolent Florida Crime Spree

Hundreds of officers, including SWAT teams, scoured a Central Florida neighborhood for armed and dangerous men after a suspected robbery, high-speed chase and double homicide Friday.

All four suspects are now in custody, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said this morning.

The two people killed in the house invaded by one suspect were a mother and daughter, who, Judd told ABC News, were “viciously murdered” in a manner “much too graphic to describe.”

The violence began at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, when four suspects conducted what Sheriff Judd describes as a "well organized" robbery of a pawn shop in Auburndale, Florida.

Police recognized the getaway vehicle and chased it – the suspected robbers shooting out of the windows at them, police say. Finally, the driver crashed the car at the Chandler Ridge neighborhood in Haines City.

One of the suspects invaded a home and allegedly murdered the mother and daughter. Police responding to a tip from a neighbor who heard screams surrounded the house. The suspect reportedly stole the homeowner's car and crashed through the garage door in a hail of fire from the officers. He crashed the car and was taken into the custody after officers unleashed K-9s on him.

This morning officials announced the capture of the third, then fourth suspect. The last suspect, who was captured without incident, was allegedly found in a shed in the neighborhood.

Only one suspect will be charged with murder, the Sheriff's Office said.

Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 1/17/2015 3:15 AM

Something very common in Florida Police shootings, the quote "hail of gunfire" appears in nearly every media report following a Florida LEO shooting. I mean nothing by it, I just see it a awful lot.

bob retired leo NY/FL @ 1/17/2015 10:50 AM

Here in Jacksonville,FL deputies went to make a drug arrest of a gang member and the dirtbag skell had a freaki' Uzi type machine gun. He was charged with attempted murder on a LEO, 3 counts for each cop shot at. No one was hit , It was the officers lucky day with a spray and pray shooting. Without exaggeration there is a least ,each day, one shooting in the city. Its an all to common occurance now. The Sheriffs office here is 250 deputies short after budget constraints hit the city with layoffs.

Tbronson @ 1/17/2015 11:50 AM

Well you have to remember too, that in order for the media in Florida to make the best story and not just state the facts they have to try and sling mud on one of the Greatest Sheriff's in the state Grady Judd. It was Judd who stated when asked why his Deputy's shot a cop killer 60 plus times " Because they ran out of ammo."

Greg @ 1/20/2015 3:29 AM

And remember, race did not enter into this slaughter of these two women...nothing to see, move along.

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