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FHP Trooper shot in Palatka Saturday in stable condition

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A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was hospitalized and recovering after being shot in Palatka Saturday morning. The FHP says Trooper Lawrence Andrew Litzell was attempting to pull over a Mercury Grand Marquis, “…when a brief foot pursuit occurred.” During the foot chase, the FHP says Trooper Litzell was shot in the face by one of the two suspects who had fled the car. Despite being shot, the FHP says Trooper Litzell returned fire and struck one of the suspects. Afterwards, 24-year old Somourian Jamal Wingo was pronounced deceased at the scene. Law-enforcement officers are still looking for the other suspect. The FHP also says a 25-caliber semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the crime scene. The incident took place around 12:44 Saturday morning near Second Street and Laurel Street in Palatka, in a park area.

Trooper in stable condition

Trooper Litzell was airlifted to University of Florida Health in Gainesville, where the FHP says he was in stable condition. The FHP says Litzell is an 11-year veteran Trooper, and has been placed on administrative leave with pay during the officer-involved shooting investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Tips sought in case

The FHP says anyone with information about the second suspect, or information related to the case, can call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477). The FHP says callers “…may remain anonymous and may quality for a monetary reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.”

Click here to visit the First Coast Crime Stoppers website.

Click here to visit the Florida Highway Patrol website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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