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Man whose trailer was stolen was shot by deputy after traffic stopped leading to a fork

POLK COUNTY, FL. – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after one of its deputies shot a man after a traffic stop led to a scuffle.

At 11:50 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2021, Lieutenant Rhodes, along with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a traffic stop in the area of ​​NW First Avenue and NW 7th Street. , in Mulberry, involves a stolen trailer and a Caterpillar sled driver.

The theft was reported to Lakeland Police Department on the same day.

While Lieutenant Rhodes was speaking to the driver of a Ford F350 super truck towing the stolen trailer, later identified as Michael Jeremy Hatfield, 47, of Bradenton, a scuffle broke out, during There Hatfield tried to overpower Lieutenant Rhodes and accelerate the truck.

Lieutenant Rhodes shot Hatfield once in the left hip.

He continued to accelerate and fled the scene. He was found sitting in his truck about two blocks away near 3rd Street NW and Phosphate Blvd and in custody.

He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hatfield’s criminal history includes arrests in California for felony drug sales, use/under the influence of a controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, and felony possession of a controlled substance; and an arrest by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in November 2021 for burglary, felony grand theft and felony assault on an elderly or disabled adult.

Hatfield, remained in the hospital Saturday but will be placed in the Polk County Jail after he is released, according to the Polk County Sheriff.

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DUSTIN JONES

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