Lakeland gunman fired at neighbors, police say
LAKELAND - A gunman shot by an officer on Monday now faces charges of firing at neighbors during the incident. George Dean, 64, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and five counts of aggravated assault for pointing the firearm at residents of the area. Dean, who fired at five people, will survive after being shot at least once in the torso by an officer, Lakeland police said. Police responded to 320 W. Patterson St. about 4:51 p.m. Monday after someone reported hearing shots fired, and they found Dean in an alley with a semiautomatic handgun, police said.Dean, who officers said was acting erratically, refused to drop his weapon and moved toward them, police said. Officer Michael Robinson fired several shots, hitting Dean in the torso, police said. Robinson, an 18-year veteran, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
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