Lakeland city commissioner resigns after being arrested for murder

Posted at 4:38 PM, Oct 22, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Lakeland City Commissioner has resigned, after being arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Commissioner Michael Dunn, 47, is accused of fatally shooting Christobal Lopez, 50, who he suspected of shoplifting from his store in Lakeland. He was arrested on Friday after he was indicted by a grand jury.

The City of Lakeland received the hand-delivered letter signed by Dunn tendering his resignation as a Commissioner of the SW District of Lakeland effective October 20, 2018.


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City Attorney Tim McCausland said, "The resignation is effective upon receipt."

The Lakeland City Commission will discuss the next steps and the process of replacing Dunn during a meeting on Friday, October 26 at 8 a.m. The meeting will take place at Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue.

Dunn currently remains in the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 6 at 8:15 a.m.