LCPD responds to 3 firearm incidents, arrests 1

Three separate Lake City holiday weekend incidents involving firearms resulted in one arrest and a search for additional gunmen.

According to a Lake City Police Department (LCPD) press release, officers responded to three calls related to firearms over the weekend. On Friday at 11:17 a.m., officers were dispatched to 215 SW Home Depot Drive to the report of an armed person. While en route, the armed subject left the scene, but officers were given a vehicle description and the direction of travel.

Officers located the vehicle and pulled over Stephen Poll, 73, whom they removed and disarmed. The victim of the incident reported getting into a verbal argument with Poll regarding the victim’s dog, in which Poll allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim stating he would kill the victim and the dog, according to LCPD.

Stephen Poll mug

Poll then left the business where he was detained during the traffic stop, arrested on aggravated assault charges and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, LCPD reported.

Just after 5 p.m. on Saturday officers went to NE Broadway Avenue to investigate a report of gunfire. When they arrived, they spoke with a victim, who claimed to be traveling on NE Annie Mattox Street when the person heard three gunshots.

After exiting the vehicle, the victim discovered the back window had been shattered and glass from the window had cut the person’s arm.

LCPD reported that first responders treated the victim’s injuries on the scene and officers interviewed witnesses who were in the area at the time of the gunfire, but no one could provide information about the incident.

Around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday officers responded to the Waffle House at 348 SW Baya Drive to the report of gunfire where they spoke with employees who said they heard three gunshots in the parking lot. Officers searched the parking lot but were unable to locate any evidence, suspects or witnesses to the alleged incident.

If anyone has any information regarding these three incidents, contact the LCPD at (386) 752-4343 and ask to speak with an investigator.

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