ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Nearly two dozen homes were evacuated while deputies and hazmat crews were led to a possible meth lab that was linked to a shooting early Wednesday.
Deputies said they first went to a home in the Alafaya Palms Manufactured Homes Community looking for evidence in an armed burglary that took place in Bithlo, but ran into a dangerous situation, said Orange County Sheriff's Office representative Lourdes Clayton.
Deputies said they found common household supplies inside a mobile home that they said were part of a meth lab in the manufactured homes community.
As deputies and firefighters kept their distance, they also kept about 20 families away.
"I'm trying to find a way to get into my house," said Michael Thomas. "I think that's pretty stupid. This is my neighborhood. We don't want it here. Don't bring it around here."
Deputies said four people were inside the mobile home -- some passed out -- with the meth-making materials nearby.
The alleged meth lab was moved to the community after Steven Coville, 25, was shot at his home during an armed burglary. Deputies arrested Ian Davidson, 31, in connection with the shooting, and said he knocked on Coville's door Wednesday morning demanding cash.
Deputies only went to the Alafaya Palms neighborhood because of a tip after the shooting.
"Heather Johnston gave detectives some information that led them to believe there may be evidence in the home out here," said Clayton. "She also stated that there was a possible meth lab."
Coville was last listed in serious condition from the shooting.
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