24-year-old man killed in Lake Alfred shooting, deputies say

Suspected shooters identified

Jean Carlos “Felix” Colon
Jean Carlos “Felix” Colon (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A 24-year-old man was fatally shot in Lake Alfred late Sunday night and now deputies are trying to piece together what exactly happened, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Jean Carlos “Felix” Colon was shot shortly before midnight.

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Records show authorities were initially called to the area of Woods Drive around 11:50 p.m. due to a report of gunfire but when they arrived, the victim’s brother, Joseph Colon, didn’t disclose that a shooting had taken place.

About 40 minutes later, Joseph Colon called 911 from the same area and said his brother had been shot and he was going to take him to a hospital for treatment, according to the affidavit.

Joseph Colon and Emanuel Herrera (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

Joseph Colon said during an interview that he and his brother saw a man, later identified as Emanuel Herrera, walking by their house and giving a “nasty look” while gripping his waistband as if he had a gun so Joseph Colon grabbed his gun and he and his brother went to confront the man, records show.

The three started arguing then Jean Colon and Herrera got into a physical altercation before Herrera fired the gun, authorities said.

After the shooting, Herrera and the woman he was with fled as Joseph Colon fired in his direction, according to the report, then Joseph Colon went to stash the gun in his house.

Joseph Colon and Herrera were arrested on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and tampering with evidence. It’s possible more charges could be added.


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