Today at approximately 9:35 a.m., Winter Haven Police responded to a reported gunshots at the Florida Garden Motel (2345 8th St Northwest, Winter Haven). When police and emergency medical personnel arrived, they found the victim inside of a room with a gunshot wound to the head. (We are not releasing any details of the victim at this time as next of kin is to be identified.) Preliminary investigations show that the gunshot was self-inflicted.
Emergency personnel began administering life-saving measures and the victim was airlifted to a local hospital. Both southbound lanes of Hwy. 17 (8th St Northwest) were shut down for approximately 15 minutes while emergency vehicles were on scene. All lanes are back open.
This is the only information available at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.