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Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot In Chest By Davenport Suspect

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Davenport.

A deputy was shot in the chest, but the bullet was stopped by his bullet-proof vest. The suspect, 41 year old Gabriel Batista was not injured, and was arrested.

Details from the preliminary investigation are as follows:

Shortly after 10:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, two deputies responded to the Tanglewood Preserve subdivision regarding a family disturbance.

When they arrived, Batista was not there, but returned to the scene and approached the deputies with his hands behind his back.

Deputies asked Batista to show his hands and he refused. As one of the deputies tried to Taser him, Batista shot the other deputy in the chest.

The deputy immediately shot back at Batista who threw his gun and surrendered.

Batista was arrested.

The deputy who was shot was taken to the hospital and may be released later today.

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