LAKELAND, Fla. -- A massive manhunt is under way in Lakeland with several law enforcement agencies looking for a man who police said shot two Polk County sheriff's deputies and a police dog.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said K-9 Officer Matt Williams, 39, was shot to death. His dog, Diogi, was also killed. Officer Douglas Speirs, 39, was shot in the leg and is expected to recover, the sheriff said.
According to officials with the sheriff's office, the two deputies and a dog were shot after a traffic stop in the Kathleen area off of 10th Street in Lakeland.
Search teams in the air and on the ground hoping to track down the gunman are going door to door in a nearby neighborhood, and three schools are locked down.
Police pulled a man over at Wabash Avenue near 10th Street at about 11:45 a.m. Police said he was acting suspicious so they called for backup while checking his identification card.
Grady said the man asked officers if he was going to be taken to jail, and then he took off running into the woods near Interstate 4.
Williams arrived with his dog, and he and Speirs went into the woods to search for the suspect. They searched the woods and a ravine before hearing shots.
Speirs took cover, then stood and returned fire, Grady said. The suspect disappeared but then popped up a few minutes later and shot Speirs in the leg.