The man was so aggressive he tried to grab a police firearm from his hospital cart after being captured, officers said.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the man was wearing full armor, including a bulletproof vest, when he was found outside a property that had been ‘trapped’.
After a shootout with police and sheriff’s deputies, in which dozens “if not hundreds of bullets” were exchanged, Mr Judd said, authorities entered the house and found an 11-year-old girl. who had received several bullets.
There were three bodies, including a mother still holding her baby. A woman on a nearby property was also killed.
A woman met “a strange person” about nine hours before the shooting who said to her, “God sent me here to speak with one of your daughters,” Judd said at a press conference on Sunday.
Later, an officer heard popping noises and all law enforcement in the area was dispatched to the scene.
The suspect was heavily equipped with a bulletproof vest “as if he was ready to engage us all in an active shooter situation,” Judd said.
The officers tried to enter the house, but it was barricaded. When they turned to the rear, they encountered the shooter and exchanged heavy fire.
The shooter went later. He had been shot once.
“He was a coward,” Grady said. “It’s easy to shoot innocent children, babies and people in the middle of the night when you have the gun and they don’t. “
While being treated in hospital, the man stood up and attempted to grab an officer’s gun.
“They had to fight him again in the emergency room,” Grady said.
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