Lake Wales Police Department Press Release
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at approximately 7:24 p.m., Lake Wales Police Department was notified of a shooting at Mercy Apartments, 504 south 4th Street in Lake Wales. This was received from an off duty officer who heard a gunshot while driving near the area. When officers arrived it was learned four males, including Brandon Jones and Antonio Ray were outside of apartment 8D at the above address, when they were approached by Daquand Devontea Marion. There has been an ongoing disagreement between Marion and at least one of the four males. Marion does not live in the apartment complex. As Marion passed by the group he began to stare them down and circle around them. One of the four males swung his fist at Marion striking him in the head. Marion stumbled backwards and drew a handgun from his waistband. As the handgun cleared his waistband, he fired it once. The round struck Antonio Ray in the lower abdomen. Ray stumbled into apartment 8D where he was helped by Deandre Jones. Marion left the area on foot.
Deandre drove Ray to the Lake Wales Medical Center where they had to conduct emergency surgery to stabilize him. Officers continued to look for Marion throughout the night. At one point, they were able to speak to him on a phone. He told officers he was going to Bartow to turn himself in. Officers did locate him in Bartow at a local bails bond business. Marion was taken into custody without incident and brought back to the Lake Wales Police Department. Marion told detectives he was at the apartments, was struck by one of the subjects, pull his gun out and shot it.
Marion is 24 years of age and lives at 422 Domaris Avenue, Lake Wales. Marion has been charged with Aggravated Battery with a Firearm with Serious Bodily Injury, Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Discharge of a Firearm in Public.
Marion was arrested in 2015 in Leon County for Sale of Marijuana Within 1000 feet of a College. He has also been arrested twice by the Lake Wales Police Department. He was arrested once in 2016 for an active warrant out of Leon County for Possession of Marijuana. The second arrest was in February of this year for Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
This investigation is ongoing as detectives attempt contact other possible witnesses. Anyone having information on this case is asked to call Detective Whitney Dukes at (863) 678-4223 extension 269 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477 if they wish to remain anonymous.