Authorities have captured a fourth man suspected in a crime spree involving an armed robbery at a pawn shop Thursday as well as the fatal shootings of a woman and her adult daughter in their central Florida home. Terrell Williams, one of four suspects who had been on the loose, was apprehended after 9:30 a.m. ET Friday — an hour after Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd asked for the public's help and urged caution at a news conference.
Judd stressed the men were dangerous and said he had warned Williams, 29, that if he didn't turn himself in, police would engage him in a gun fight that he would "never forget." At the same news conference, Judd said that another suspect who had been on the run, Jovan Lamb, was also caught.
The tense manhunt was set off by a brazen pawn shop robbery around 5:45 p.m. Thursday, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. The suspects fled in an SUV and cops responding to reports of the break-in pursued them. The two cars exchanged fire before the SUV crashed and the suspects fled on foot. One of the men, Devon McCune, was immediately apprehended, police said.
Meanwhile, police responded to a report from a woman in Haines City who said she heard a neighbor screaming. Police discovered two shooting victims inside the house. At that moment, the homeowner's car burst through a garage door. It was being driven by a suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Michael Gordon. As he tried to drive away, officers fired at the suspect, hitting him four times before he crashed, police said. Gordon was tackled and bit by a police dog. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Judd said.
The four suspects — Williams, Lamb, McCune and Gordon — have each been charged with armed robbery, grand theft, fleeing and eluding, and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Gordon was additionally charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary of a dwelling. Authorities declined to describe the injuries sustained by victims Patricia Moran, 72, and Deborah Royal, 51, but said the two were "viciously shot."