Jose Garza Arrested in Bartow

Wauchula Shooting Suspect Arrested By Deputies and FDLE in Polk County

HARDEE COUNTY, Fla. – Jose Garza, the suspect responsible for the recent shooting on Osprey Lane, has been apprehended and arrested in Polk County, Florida.

On November 23, 2020, Hardee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Osprey Lane where a victim had suffered from an apparent gunshot wound. At the scene, witnesses stated they saw an individual identified as Jose Garza shoot the victim in the back and flee the scene in a truck.

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Jose Garza SOURCE: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

On December 2, 2020, investigators with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement located the truck Garza was seen driving in Bartow, FL, where he was placed under arrest and was in possession of a firearm.

Jose Garza was arrested on warrants out of Polk County and Hardee County, with charges consisting of attempted homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Garza also had warrants for his arrest from the Bowling Green Police Department for a drive-by shooting that occurred on November 29, 2020.

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