Sheriff suspects man planned to ambush deputy in fatal shoot out

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 17:25:05-04

A Polk County Deputy on traffic detail began following Quentin Case, 34, after seeing him going 112 mph on a motorcycle eastbound on State Road 60 Monday evening.

Sheriff Grady Judd said Case's bike is so fast, he could have gotten away easily. But instead, he went around a corner, stopped, and waited for Deputy Clifton Wofford along an isolated road. 

Tuesday, Case’s family members marked the spot where Case died after a shoot out with deputies.

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“It was intense. It was incredibly intense,” said Judd.

Judd said there was no reason for the traffic stop over speeding to turn into this.

He said Case lead the deputy down a abandoned road and waited. And when the deputy got showed up, Case started shooting.

“He intended to have a gun fight. And we gave him a gun fight,” said Judd.

Bullets were flying. At one point, investigators said Case who was shot, ran into the orange groves, then tried to get in the deputy’s patrol car and drive away. An escape on the motorcycle didn’t work either.  Another deputy with a bullet proof shield came, but the gun fire continued.

“He still after he was shot up, sitting on the ground, pulls that gun up one last time. And that’s the very last thing he did,” said Judd.

Judd said when Case wouldn’t put his gun down, the deputies shot and killed him.

The deputies fired more than 50 bullets, hitting Case 13 times.

“We don’t choose to shoot people. They choose for us to shoot them. And if you choose for us to shoot at you, we are going to shoot at you a lot. That’s a guarantee,” said Judd.

Case has been arrested 18 times and was wanted  for violation of probation.

We reached out to Case’s sister by phone, but she was too distraught to talk.