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New information emerges about mental state of police shooting suspect

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Lakeland police say they still don't know why Tommy Lanier shot at an officer and his sergeant on Monday, but new information is emerging about Lanier's mental state.

"He was kind of paranoid," one of Lanier's friends told FOX 13.

Doug Wright says Lanier is known for taking his morning walks and frequently glancing back to make sure no one is following him. Wright says the behavior earned him the nickname "Tom Turnaround."

Five years ago, Lanier's neighbors called the police because they were concerned that he would hurt himself or someone else. During an interview he told investigators that his neighbors were pumping poison into his apartment from theirs through the air conditioning system.

Lanier also said neighbors were "shooting him with laser drugs."

On Monday morning, when an officer and his sergeant tried to approach Lanier to question him, he shot seven rounds at them, hitting Officer Doug Mills in the right arm.

Mills and Sergeant Jeff Gary shot two rounds back at him. Lanier was hit in the face.

When detectives went to his apartment Monday night, they found two more guns, eight holsters, and 300 rounds of ammo.

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