Schizophrenic man shot dead after pointing gun at Polk County deputies, officials say

Polk County

AUBURNDALE, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities say a man was shot and killed by deputies at a home in Auburndale on Thursday night.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said a woman called 911 and said her adult son, who has schizophrenia, was in a combative mood and had threatened to kill himself if she called 911.

“She told the call taker that there was nothing else she could do for him,” the sheriff’s office recalled in a news release.

When the woman was asked if her son had a gun, she told the call taker and the deputies who later arrived that he did not.

Deputies responded to their home on Congress Street and found 35-year-old Juan Rosa inside of his bedroom with the door closed.

After they announced their presence, Rosa opened the door for deputies and was holding a loaded .32 caliber snub-nosed revolver, deputies said.

Rosa was ordered to drop the gun, but refused and instead pointed it at deputies, the sheriff’s office said.

Juan Rosa’s revolver (Courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

In fear for their lives, both deputies fired at Rosa, then administered first aid, according to deputies.

Rosa was rushed to Lakeland Regional Health, where he died from his injuries.

The sheriff’s office said four different agencies will open independent investigations into Rosa’s death. The medical examiner’s office will work to determine his exact cause of death. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a death investigation, and their administration investigations department will also conduct an inquiry. The State’s Attorney’s Office is also investigating.

Both deputies involved will be on administrative leave with pay during the initial phase of the investigation.


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