A Polk County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the leg Sunday after responding to a domestic situation near Mulberry.
Lt. Terrie Storie was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Douglas E. Meadows, 42, is facing a variety of charges stemming from the incident that began just after noon in the 4800 block of Poinsettia Dr.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says Meadows' day started rather quietly.
"He gets up and decides to go fishing with his wife and according to her he drank a significant amount of alcohol," Judd explained. "She drove home and for whatever reason he decided he was going to kill himself."
When deputies arrived on scene Meadows started firing at them from a position inside his residence.
"This was a very dangerous situation as our deputies were getting the neighbors away from the scene as the suspect was shooting," Judd said.
Meadows even fired at a robot the Special Weapons and Tactics team was using at the scene. It was hit several times according to investigators.
The suspect finally gave up after the SWAT team shot tear gas into the home.
"After the gas went in, he came out unarmed and surrendered without further incident," said Judd.
A background check shows Meadows has no prior brushes with law enforcement. During a media briefing Sheriff Judd said his department had not been called to the residence previously.
Following his arrest the suspect was cleared by a doctor and taken to the jail for processing. Meadows is facing a slew of charges and is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge on Monday.
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