A Florida sheriff said he had “no regrets” when asked about previous remarks following a shootout between police and murder suspects.
During a press conference this past week, a reporter asked Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd if he regretted saying that his officers were prepared for a “gun fight” with four suspects who went on a crime spree that included robbing a pawn shop, firing at officers, and murdering two women.
“I think everybody understands the gravity of what happened and the urgency and the response that you took,” the reporter said. “Some of the comments you made last night about shooting the suspects, possibly, and the comments today about ‘ready for a gunfight’ — was that in the heat of the moment? Do you have any regret about that?”
Judd didn’t miss a beat and immediately responded to the question, saying that he wouldn’t change anything that he said in his initial comments.
“I not only have no regret, I’m pretty excited about telling you that — that’s exactly what would’ve happened,” Judd said. “Make no mistake about it, there’s nothing about politically correct in a gun fight. There’s nothing about politically correct when you are keeping people alive and well and safe. And the people of this community and these law enforcement officers come first.
“I meant every word of it then, and I mean every word of it now,” he continued. “If you surrender peacefully, that’s the way we prefer it. You start pointing guns at us, you can not only plan on, but you can guarantee that we are going to shoot you.”
Reports say that the two female victims of the foursome’s crime spree were a mother and daughter, and Judd noted that the manner in which they were killed was “too graphic to describe.”