LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — Multiple agencies are investigating a Polk County deputy-involved shooting at a pawn shop in unincorporated Lakeland on Saturday.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a woman trying to use a stolen credit card at Max Pay Pawn Shop, located at 646 North Combee Road, at 12:49 p.m.
Deputies said they tried to speak to Carina Holder, 27, when they arrived, but she reportedly got into a car and tried to drive away.
The sheriff’s office said she allegedly drove at two deputies – Melissa Myers and Hannah Peche. Myers and another deputy, Joshua Chaves, began firing at her car to try and get her to stop.
Myers and Peche were struck by the car, but were not seriously hurt, according to PCSO. Holder was also not hurt.
Deputies said Holder was arrested about two miles away from the pawn shop and will be charged with 2 counts aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, armed burglary and resisting with violence, with more charges expected in the future.
“Fraudulent activity is how this began, and she elevated it to violence by trying to kill two deputies with her car,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Fortunately, she was quickly apprehended, and even more fortunate is that neither one of the deputies were seriously hurt.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation of the shooting. The 10th Judicial Circuit’s Officer-Involved Deadly Incident Task Force and the State Attorney’s Office will conduct their own independent investigations.