PSCO: Child porn suspect commits suicide - FOX 13 News

PSCO: Child porn suspect commits suicide

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Deputies in Polk County say a child pornography suspect committed suicide after a standoff Thursday evening.

According to the sheriff's office, police from Fairfax County, Virginia contacted PCSO about an open warrant for Michael James Nicholson Gattis of Lakeland.  It was connected to an active investigation in which Gattis allegedly downloaded child pornography

Deputies asked Gattis, 36, to come in for questioning, but he declined and holed up in his Lakeland Highlands Road home.  He said he was armed and insisted he would only speak to his estranged wife.

SWAT officers responded to the home, but they were unable to make contact with Gattis.  Around 7:30 p.m., they entered the home and found Gattis dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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