LAKELAND, Ga. — A Florida man suspected in a homicide was arrested in south Georgia after he was wounded in a shootout with deputies, authorities said.
Authorities in Tampa were seeking Welland, who is accused of killing a 29-year-old man Tuesday at an auto body shop, the Times reported.
A man was shot during the home invasion and was taken to a Valdosta hospital, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. Norton said Welland led deputies on a chase and crashed the Audi before stealing a minivan.
The chase ended in northeastern Lanier County, and Welland opened fire on deputies, the Daily Times reported.
“It was then that one of our deputies was hit,” Norton told the newspaper.
The deputy who was grazed under her arm also was treated at a Valdosta hospital and was later released. She had previously worked with the Adel Police Department, Norton said.
“She was riding with a seasoned sergeant, learning her way around the county,” the sheriff told the Daily Times.
Welland was released from prison in February after serving 10 years for robberies that occurred in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, the Times reported. He is on supervised release until 2025, according to Florida Department of Corrections records.
Welland has been arrested several times in Hillsborough County on robbery charges and cocaine possession, the Times reported.
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