Man dead after shooting at deputies in Polk County, officials say

Officials: Shannon Cables threatened wife, daughter with various weapons

By Brianna Volz - Web producer, Troy Blevins
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Images courtesy of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

LAKE WALES, Fla. - A call regarding domestic violence at a Lake Wales home led to a deputy-involved shooting that left a man dead, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office received a call around 8 a.m. Saturday from the 4200 block of Cottage Hill Street about an armed disturbance and domestic violence.

Officials said Shannon Cables, 46, was threatening his 45-year-old wife and 19-year-old daughter with various weapons.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Shannon Cables

The caller told dispatchers that so far, Cables had injured one or both of the victims with a large diaper pin, a pool cue and Mace spray, officials said. The victims fled to a neighbor's home before calling law enforcement.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the house and called for the suspect to come out. Officials said the deputies eventually determined nobody was in the home and they initiated a K-9 track to search for him.

Detectives arrived to investigate the domestic violence, take statements from the victims and escort them to a hospital to be treated for their injuries, officials said.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

The K-9 team tracked in the wooded area around the home for about two hours, but did not find Cables. Officials said detectives initiated an arrest warrant for Cables, but already had probable cause to arrest him for domestic violence should they find him before the warrant was signed.

Two detectives escorted the victims home from the hospital and they arrived around 2:15 p.m. Officials said two patrol deputies were still at the home.

While both of the victims and the four deputies/detectives were in the home, one of the victims saw Cables through a window, approaching the rear of the home, holding an AR-15 and a shotgun, officials said. She alerted the deputies.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Officials said one detective came out of a side door of the home and ordered him to drop his firearms.

Cables pointed the AR-15 in the direction of the detective who was yelling at him to drop it, at which time a gunfight ensued, officials said.

Another detective and patrol deputy also engaged Cables from the area of the back door. Officials said that once the threat from Cables was eliminated, the deputies rendered first aid and summoned emergency medical services to take him to Lake Wales Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials said Cables had been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions:

  • 1995 - fleeing to elude, resisting arrest
  • 2000 - boating under the influence
  • 2011 - grand theft, dealing in stolen property

"In one week, two different suspects have chosen to shoot at our deputies," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "Our message is clear: If you point a gun at or shoot at a deputy sheriff, we will shoot back, until the threat is eliminated. We are grateful this evening that this suspect did not significantly injure or kill his wife or daughter, or shoot my deputies."

According to the Sheriff's Office, there are four ongoing investigations: A death investigation by the PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations; an internal investigation by the PCSO Administrative Investigations Unit; an autopsy by the medical examiner; and the State Attorney's Office, which is at the scene and will also review all of the investigations once they are completed.

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