Infant, 3 adults shot and killed in Polk County, man accused of shooting at deputies

Deputies uninjured in attack

A man wearing full body armor fatally shot four people, including a mother and the 3-month-old baby she was cradling.

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies found an infant and three people shot and killed in a Polk County neighborhood on Sunday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

Polk County deputies were attacked while responding to a report of shooting in unincorporated Lakeland on North Socrum Loop Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Bryan Riley is the man accused of shooting at deputies, according to the sheriff’s office. Riley gave himself up and was rushed to a local hospital.

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Sheriff Grady Judd said the situation started when dispatchers received a suspicious vehicle call around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday on North Socrum Loop Road.

Deputies did not see a suspicious vehicle.

Around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday an investigator heard shots fired in the area of North Socrum Loop Road.

Judd said when deputies got to the scene they saw breakable lights lining up a path from the road to a house.

A man in body armor, later identified as Riley, ran into the house, according to Judd.

Deputies heard screams of a baby and a woman coming from the barricaded house.

Judd said they were able to make an entry in the back of the house and Riley fired shots at the deputies.

Deputies returned fire, according to PCSO.

Eventually, Riley surrendered to the deputies, he was rushed to a local hospital due to a shooting wound.

At a Lakeland Regional hospital, the man attempted to grab a gun from a Lakeland police officer, according to Judd.

Back at the house on North Socrum Loop Road, deputies found an 11-year-old girl who was shot seven times.

“There are three more dead people in the house,” the girl told investigators.

The 11-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital to get surgery for her injuries.

Investigators said they found a man, a woman, and an infant all shot to death, and another woman was also found shot to death in a home behind it.

Riley told deputies he took methamphetamine before the shooting, according to Judd.

Investigators said the deputies were not injured in the attack.

Judd said the shooter was transported to the Polk County Jail after he was released from the hospital. Attorneys are still figuring out what to charge the shooter with.

This is a developing story. We will update this story as more information becomes available.


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Brian Didlake joined the News 6 team as a reporter in March 2021.