A traffic stop became a shootout between a drug suspect and law enforcement officers from four agencies in Polk County on Wednesday night.
Detectives belonging to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force stopped Francis Perry, 32, a known convicted violent felon, on Golfview Street in Lakeland, around 5:15 p.m., according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Officers from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and police departments from Lake Wales, Haines City and Winter Haven -- all identified with "Sheriff" vests -- approached Perry's car.
Perry --the only person in the car -- shot at the officers, who returned fire. He was shot several times. Officers called for medical assistance and started CPR on Perry. He was taken to a hospital and went into emergency surgery.
Perry had admitted to law enforcement agencies to being part of the white supremacist movement. He has faced charges in Lee and Polk counties including aggravated assault with a weapon, robbery, burglary, grand theft, attempted second-degree murder, impersonating a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of a handcuff key, possession of drugs and possession of firearm by convicted felon.
There was a warrant for his arrest as a fugitive from justice. He had a trafficking amount of what appears to be methamphetamine in the car, according to the sheriff’s office.