Deputy shot, critically wounded in Lake Placid, officials say

Clay Curtis
May 7, 2018

A Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputy was shot in the head and critically wounded Sunday night in the Lake Placid area, the sheriff's office says.

Deputy William Gentry was responding to a neighborhood dispute involving a cat that allegedly had been shot by 69-year-old Joseph Edward Ables. Contact was made with the resident of a home.

Gentry, 40, a nine-year member of the Sheriffs Office, spoke with the neighbor who owned the cat before 8 p.m. and then went to 234 Baltimore Way to question Ables, according to the Facebook post. The sheriff's office tweeted early Monday the Gentry stayed hospitalized in serious illness.

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The deputy was critically injured and airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital.

A few minutes later, a report came in that the deputy had been shot. "His brother is one of our detectives".

No other details were immediately available. "I ask all Floridians to pray for the family, the HCSO and all the fearless LEOs who go above and beyond every day to keep us safe".

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