Lakeland city commissioner resigns after murder arrest

Polk County

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.

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