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Officers shot in ambush after being lured by 911 call for help


A man in Lake Wales, Florida who has close ties to law enforcement ambushed officers after he made a fake 911 call.

Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez informed Bay News 9 that officers were met with gunfire when they responded to a 911 call made by 59-year-old John Goepferich.

K-9 handler John Schwarze, 45, and Benjamin Metz, 38, were shot during the gun fight and transported to an area hospital along with a wounded Goepferich. All three were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Goepferich has two adult sons that work for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office; one son is a deputy and the other works in the Sheriff’s IT department.

“Whatever his reasoning, it’s not sufficient,” Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said of Goepferich. “He tried to murder two police officers, three police officers, seven police officers. Everyone he could shoot at.”

Goepferich will face at least two counts of attempted murder, amongst other charges and is set to be booked after his release from the hospital. As for the officers involved in the shooting, they have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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