Two Lake Wales police officers were shot at 743 Hillside Ave the home of John Goepferich. Both officers sustained non- life-threatening injuries. More than 100 rounds were fired in the gun battle that lasted about 15 minutes. Around 5:55 p.m. a Lake Wales resident, John Goepferich, 59, called police and said he needed assistance, deputies said. When officers arrived on scene, Goepferich shot at them immediately, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Officers returned fire and a gunfight ensued, deputies said.
All available Lake Wales officers and Polk County deputies responded to the active shooter scene. The two Lake Wales officers were shot during the gun battle, deputies said, as was John Goepferich. The officers are K-9 handler John Schwarze, 45, and Benjamin Metz, 38. Swhwarze has been with the department for 5 years. Metz has been with the department for the last 11 months but previously served the LWPD for more than 11 years. The deputies and John Goepferich were all taken to the local hospital with non life threatening injuries.
The tactics used by John Goepferich are right out of the Sovereign Citizen playbook as used most recently by Curtis Holley in Tallahassee, lure first responders (cops) to a location and then shot from cover or ambush. The FBI has classified “sovereign citizens” as people who believe they are free from all duties of a U.S. citizen, like paying taxes. The FBI considers the group’s members a danger for making threats to judges and law enforcement, using fake currency and impersonating police officers. John Goepferich DOB 09/29/1955 has some priors, he was arrested by Lake Wales Police Dept in May of 2011 charge was TRESPASSING-OCCUPIED STRUCTURE OR CONVEYANCE.
The ever growing list of Anti-Government Sovereign Citizens who have used such tactics include Curtis Holley in Tallahasse Fl and Brent Cole in Nevada City, Calif and Jeffrey Allen Wright in Navarre Fl to name a few. Deputy Killer Curtis Holley Remains an Enigma, PI Bill Warner Claims Holley Was a Sovereign Citizen in Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper. The first 911 call comes in at 10:10 a.m. The house at 3722 Caracus Court is on fire. A blue-highlighted warning pops up on emergency-dispatch computer screens — officer safety hazard. "Curtis Holley has threatened to shoot any law enforcement that comes to his residence." A call taker and two dispatchers fail to check it. Deputies Chris Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl arrive first on the scene at 10:21 a.m. Smith reports smoke and flames. They have no idea the fire was set to draw them in. The ambush is sure and swift, SEE reporters Jennifer Portman and Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat story at http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/2015/01/09/curtis-wade-holley/21354561/
ABC 7 News Sarasota Fl, Sovereign Citizens number in the “hundreds” on the Suncoast. Anyone who thinks the Suncoast is immune to the actions of sovereign citizens is being naive. Those are the words of Bill Warner, a Sarasota private detective whose been aware of the Sovereign Citizen movement for years. “It’s people with a mindset that the government is against its own citizens,” Bill Warner explained. Bill Warner is sad the movement has spilled over into violence twice in the past week, both with a courthouse incident last Friday in Atlanta where Dennis Marx shot a deputy before being shot and killed himself. And then the shooting of two officers and a Walmart shopper in Las Vegas. He says make no mistake, this is domestic terrorism. “Absolutely, it’s organized through the internet, and Facebook, and that’s how they get bigger an bigger, Bill Warner said.
Gadsden flag symbol of Sovereign Citizen movement, see declassified Law Enforcement report CLICK HERE. Federal authorities regard sovereign citizen extremists as domestic terrorists. Authorities have linked sovereign citizens groups with violent confrontations in recent years, including deadly shootings in Nevada, Louisiana, California, Florida and Arkansas.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota to Panama City Fl, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com