Polk County

Central Florida Firefighter Shot and Killed by Girlfriend's Ex After Arriving at Home

Authorities say a disgruntled man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend's lover. The victim was a lieutenant with the Sumter County Fire Department.

Polk County Sheriff's officials say Caleb McKinney was waiting for his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend, Clifford Cofer, to arrive at his home Wednesday night to deliver medicine to a child she shares with McKinney.

When the couple pulled into the driveway, Sheriff Grady Judd said McKinney ran across the yard and started shooting at the windshield. The sheriff said McKinney fired five times, shouting to the woman that he was going to kill her.

The woman and her 5-year-old son, who was also in the car, were not injured. Cofer died at the scene.

The Ledger reports McKinney faces multiple charges including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and shooting into an unoccupied conveyance. He is being held without bail.

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