Mystery shooting leaves dirt biker dead in Florida

34-year-old man shot to death in Polk County

Polk County Sheriff's Office cruiser (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

BARTOW, Fla. – A man riding a dirt bike Sunday in Polk County was shot and killed, according to sheriff’s officials.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the 34-year-old man was found just after 2 p.m. on Wheeler Street, northeast of Bartow.

Deputies initially responded to reports of a crash but later learned the man was shot in the lower back. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


A map provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows the area a man was shot and killed while riding his dirt bike. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

“At this early stage of the investigation, we don’t know why the victim was murdered. Somebody out there has information, even the smallest detail that could help us capture the killer. A family has lost a loved-one, and we need to bring his killer to justice,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a release.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 863-298-6200. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.

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