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#Miami_Chronicles : Woman shot, husband dead after robbery

A 78-year-old man is dead and his wife was injured after an armed robbery at a home near Winter Haven Saturday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. The suspect was also shot. 

The suspect, 25-year-old Ricardo Garcia Gomez
Paul McLees and his wife, 72-year-old Mary McLees, were inside their Laurel Oak Drive home about 3:40 p.m. when a man with a large knife entered, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said.

The suspect, 25-year-old Ricardo Garcia Gomez, forced Paul McLees to open a safe in a back bedroom of the home, officials allege.

As he opened the safe, Paul McLees pulled out a gun and started shooting at Gomez, of Winter Haven, Horstman said.

Somehow both he and his wife were shot in the incident.

After being hit twice, Mary McLees ran to a neighbor's house to get help, deputies said.

She was outside the home when deputies responded and told them Gomez was armed and was still inside with her husband, Horstman said.

Deputies said they strategically entered the home and found both men had been shot.

First responders were unable to revive Paul McLees and he was declared dead at the scene, officials said.

Gomez was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was undergoing surgery Saturday night.

"It is unknown at this time why Gomez chose this location to rob these victims, or exactly how the subsequent shootings of Gomez and McLees took place," Horstman said.

The home is in the Winter Haven Oaks subdivision just north of U.S. 17, about two miles from the Bartow Municipal Airport.

"This is a horrific and tragic situation," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "We are early in this investigation and hope to be able to piece together how this 78-year-old man who was defending himself and his home was fatally shot."
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