Grady Judd: Suicidal suspect fired shotgun at deputies through car windshield

Polk County

MULBERRY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Polk County deputy was injured and a suspect was hospitalized after a suicide attempt turned into a shootout with deputies.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 9:50 p.m. Sunday regarding a suicidal man who posted a Facebook live video of himself with a shotgun to his head. His family contacted police and deputies began searching for him.

Deputies, with the help of a drone, located 33-year-old Bartow resident William Hogeland sitting in his car under a bridge on Nichols Road in Mulberry.

According to his family, Hogeland was drinking and arguing with his wife that evening, then left their home in his car. Hogeland had reportedly been dealing with financial and marital issues that put him in a depression.

As deputies approached his vehicle, they asked him to show his hands. He initially complied, but then reportedly reached down and grabbed his shotgun and fired at the deputies through his windshield.

Bullets from Hogeland’s shotgun struck 32-year-old Deputy Sheriff Chaves in the arm. All four deputies on scene returned fire, striking Hogeland three times. They immediately rendered aid and called Polk County Fire Rescue who transported him to a local hospital.

Hogeland is in stable condition, and his injuries are non-life threatening. He is also being treated for mental health treatment.

Chaves was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.

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