LAKELAND, Fla. – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of two men that happened on Thursday afternoon at approximately 3:10 p.m. at a Lakeland business located at 3135 US-92.
According to deputies, it is believed that two business partners, 31-year-old Akeido Bennett of Kissimmee, and 39-year-old Xavier Figueroa of Kissimmee, mutually shot each other as a result of an ongoing dispute.
Bennett died at the scene. Figueroa attempted to flee from the business in his truck but died as a result of a gunshot injury.
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“This was an avoidable tragedy stemming from a disagreement between business partners. We all have an obligation to our friends, our families, and society at large to talk things out instead of turning to violence. These men would still be alive today, and their families would not be grieving, had they been able to work out their differences civilly,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.