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Two Men Dead And Polk County Deputies Investigating Shooting Which Is Blocking Hwy 92 In Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida – Update to Polk County Sheriff’s Office shooting investigation; the shooting occurred yesterday, December 29, 2022 at a business located at 3135 U.S. 92 East in Lakeland:

At this point in the investigation, it is believed that two business partners, 31-year-old Akeido Bennett of Kissimmee, and 39-year-old Xavier Figueroa of Kissimmee, mutually shot each other as a result of an on-going dispute. Bennett died at the scene. Figueroa attempted to flee from the business in his truck, but died as a result of a gunshot injury.

“This was an avoidable tragedy stemming from a disagreement between business partners. We all have an obligation to our friends, our families, and society at large to talk things out instead of turning to violence. These men would still be alive today, and their families would not be grieving, had they been able to work out their differences civilly.” – Grady Judd, Sheriff

This investigation remains on-going. We’ll release an update when more details become available.ase more details when they become available.

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