Florida sheriff discusses shooting rampage, calls suspect 'evil'
Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Fla., discusses a shooting rampage that left four members of a family dead and a former Marine under arrest.
This man killed four people this morning, tried to kill our deputies and then gave up when he came out of the house. The first time, we didn't see a gun, he shot at us from inside the house when he exited the house. The second time, he had his hands in the air and he gave up, he made statements that whenever he came out to the officers that transported into the ambulance, you know why I did this. That was his statement. He said there's three in the house. He was driving a vehicle with a Marine Corps for the license plate. But he described himself as a survivalist. And then he said, I'm taking meth. This guy was wired up on dope, on math. You know what those people think is low level nonviolent methods. Here's your sign today again and and he came here for a gun battle. We don't know why he has virtually no criminal history, virtually none. Back when he was a teenager, he had a small charge and then just almost nothing. So we're not dealing with a traditional criminal here. But what we're dealing with is someone who obviously had mental health issues. At least this last week had pTSD as he's interviewing with us. He's trying to convince us that he's mentally ill, but he's very in tune with his statements and his admissions. But he says at one. detectives, they begged for their lives and I killed them. Anyway, he's evil in the flesh. When you see somebody so heartless, so calculated that they will shoot a mother Clinging to her three month old baby and kill the baby and shoot the family dog. This guy is heartless and calculated with his murder.