A Lake Wales man stopped two men trying to break into his mother-in-law’s home and killed one of them before he could get away, deputies say.
Polk County deputies say Wednesday night the man was checking the residence, located at 950 Miami Street, and saw two men climbing out a window in his mother-in-law’s home.
The man frequently checks the home because it had been broken into before, he told deputies.
Deputies say the son-in-law, who was legally carrying his handgun at the time, fired shots at both men when they approached him, making him fear for his life.
The son-in-law hit one of the suspects, registered sex offender Kelvin Lorenzo Bagley, and killed him. The other suspect was able to get away, and deputies are not sure if he was shot.
Because deputies are still looking for one of the suspects, the son-in-law’s identity is not being released at this time.
Bagley, who has been in the Polk County Jail 12 times since 1998, has an extensive criminal history, according to records. He’s been arrested for trespassing, drug offenses, fraud, armed burglary and a count of lewd act on a child. His latest release from prison was in April 2010.
Bagley has been a registered sex offender since August 2001.
The investigation continues. ..Source.. by MyFox
Sex offender shot, killed after burglarizing home, Polk officials say; 2nd suspect arrested
A Haines City man was shot dead by a homeowner's relative Wednesday night just after burglarizing the Lake Wales house, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Kelvin Lorenzo Bagley, 31, was found dead just after 11 p.m.
A man who was both the son-in-law and next-door neighbor of the woman who owns a home in the 900 block of Miami Street in Lake Wales was checking the house, which had been burglarized a week earlier, when he saw someone jump out of the window over his head.
The window is more than 5 feet high, according to the sheriff's office. The man's mother-in-law was not home at the time of the incident.
Seconds later, another person jumped out of the window, nearly hitting the man. The man told authorities that he was frightened that he might be attacked, so he shot at the burglars.
When Lake Wales police arrived, they found Bagley dead in the back yard of the home.
The second suspect in the burglary was arrested tonight, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Jason Maurice Ward, 29, of Lake Wales, faces charges of second-degree murder, burglary and grand theft.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Ward told investigators that he acted as a lookout while Bagley searched the home for money and jewelry.
Ward's criminal history includes arrests for sale of marijuana and cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, .felony retail theft, grand theft and credit-card theft.
Bagley, a registered sex offender, had a lengthy criminal history that includes 12 Polk County arrests since 1998 on charges including possession of marijuana with intent to sell, giving false information to a law-enforcement officer, domestic violence battery, a probation violation and performing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under 16. ..Source.. by Anika Myers Palm and David Breen, Orlando Sentinel