Lakeland attorney charged with threatening Polk deputies
(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – A Lakeland attorney is in trouble with the law following his arrest Sunday on criminal mischief and battery on a law enforcement charges.
Eduardo Pujol, 48, was booked into the Polk County Jail where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 3900 block of Laurel Branch Court in response to a call about a angry man with a baseball bat.
The person that called 9-1-1 told dispatchers Pujol was striking the door to their home with the bat as he screamed at them. PCSO received several calls about the suspect who at least one caller said may be armed with a gun or knife.
When deputies arrived at the home the suspect was yelling for the victim to come outside. A deputy ordered Pujol to drop the bat but he refused to comply.
He yelled back at the deputy ‘I will shoot you,’ as he kept his left hand hidden from view behind his back. Pujol kept issuing threats of violence against the deputies and the victim.
One of the deputies deployed his taser on the suspect. Pujol was subdued and taken into custody. He was not in possession of a firearm or a knife.
Fortunately no law enforcement officer was injured.
“There is no such thing as a routine call for service,” explained Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. “Our deputies all have crisis intervention training, which gives them the tools needed to verbally defuse some situations long enough to safely take dangerous criminals into custody.”