Credit: Highlands County Sheriff's Office
A Highland County MP was badly injured on Sunday night at a gunfight in Lake Placid.
The shootings occurred after the deputy identified as William Gentry arrived at a house in Baltimore Way just before 8:00 pm. After a neighbor's cat was shot dead, according to a press release
Gentry dealt with the man who was accused of shooting the cat in his home. A 69-year-old man identified as Joseph Ables is said to have shot Gentry at the front door.
When the support arrived, MEPs arrested Ables. MPs said that Ables is a convicted criminal with a history of violence against law enforcement.
The injured 40-year-old MP has been flown to Lee Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition. He has more than nine years of experience with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, according to a press release.
"William is an experienced police officer and serves as one of our sales representatives," Sheriff Paul Blackman said. "His brother is one of our detectives, this is an unimaginable tragedy for our agency, our prayers are with Deputy Gentry and his family, and we ask that your prayers be with them."
Governor Rick Scott was named Made aware of the situation and tweeted on Sunday night following the shootout.
"I talked with (Sheriff) Blackman on the Deputy Shot tonight and offered all state resources," Rick Scott said in a statement on Twitter. "To hurt a LEO is pure evil and we will not stand for it, asking all Floridians to pray for the family, the HCSO and all the brave LEOs who go beyond us every day to bring us to safety."  Ables is accused of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a convicted criminal, resistance to an officer by force, manipulation of evidence and violation of probation.
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