Lakeland Police have arrested a 39-year-old Polk County man on a variety of charges stemming from an incident that left one of their own injured.
James Houston Black Jr. is facing one count of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. He was booked into the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bond.
According to a LPD report Officer Michael Glass was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. In addition to the attempted murder charge Black Jr. is also facing drug charges.
Investigators say officers performed a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Avalanche at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of US Highway 92 and Wabash Ave.
When the officers noticed the brake lights of the vehicle come on they feared the driver may try to flee. As they were speaking with Black Jr. he attempted to drive off, dragging Officer Glass along with him.
The officer pulled out his gun and fired one shot into the truck as the suspect crashed into three vehicles in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy on George Jenkins Blvd. The truck came to a stop against a light pole and Officer Glass was thrown from the vehicle.
Because he fired his weapon Glass was placed on paid administrative leave per LPD policy. He has been with the department since 2008
Prior to being taken to jail Black Jr. was also transported to LRMC for treatment of minor injuries. He is no stranger to law enforcement in Polk County with an arrest record that goes back more than 10 years.
Black Jr.'s prior charges include operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license, weapons possession, reckless driving and aggravated assault.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
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