The politician who shot and killed a shoplifter at his military surplus store in Lakeland has resigned from his role as city commissioner following his arrest.
A spokesperson with the City of Lakeland confirmed that a letter of resignation had been hand delivered Monday afternoon.
On Friday, Dunn was charged with second-degree murder in the Oct. 3 death of Christobal Lopez.
Authorities say Lopez tried to steal a hatchet from Dunn’s military surplus store. Surveillance video shows Dunn try to detain Lopez with his left hand before he shot him with a semi-automatic Glock. Lopez seems intent on getting away and does not appear to be threatening Dunn with the hatchet.
At a hearing Monday, Dunn’s Attorney Rusty Franklin said he had entered a plea of not guilty. Franklin also filed a motion for Dunn to be considered for bond. A bond hearing is set for Thursday.
The Lakeland City Commission will discuss the next steps and the process of replacing Dunn during a meeting on Friday, October 26th at 8 a.m. The meeting will take place at Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue.