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Polk County deputy injured when armed man fires at deputies

Posted at 4:01 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 17:22:12-05

MULBERRY, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting Sunday night a few miles south of Old Hwy 60 where a deputy was injured.

A little before 10 p.m. Sunday, deputies received a 911 call about a suicidal man who reportedly posted a Facebook Live video with a shotgun to his head, threatening to kill himself.

Roughly an hour later, deputies found the man, identified as 33-year-old William Hogeland, sitting in his car under a bridge on Nichols Rd. in Mulberry.

His family said he argued with his wife that evening and was drinking at the time, and has been dealing with various issues as well as depression.

Deputies reportedly asked Hogeland to show his hands, which he initially did, but then deputies say he grabbed his shotgun and immediately fired at them through the windshield, hitting one deputy in the arm. That deputy was 32-year-old Deputy Sheriff Joshua Chaves.

All four deputies on-scene returned fire, hitting Hogeland three times. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The injured deputy was treated for minor injuries to his arm and released from the hospital.

Authorities say Hogeland has been Baker Acted twice, once in May 2019 and once in May 2020. He is being provided with mental health treatment, and the investigation into pending charges is ongoing.

Standard protocol for all deputy-involved shootings will include three independent investigations, PCSO says:

The PCSO homicide unit will conduct an investigation of the shooting.

PCSO Administrative Investigations will conduct an administrative inquiry.

The State Attorney's Office will conduct a separate investigation.

Per agency protocol, all members involved will be on administrative leave with pay during the initial phase of the investigation.