Man with violent history shot after pulling rifle on deputies, authorities say

4:09 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- A man is being treated at a local hospital after he reportedly pulled a rifle on deputies after he fled from a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.

The Sarasota Sheriff's Office says deputies first came into contact with 49-year-old Lawrence Gudmestad just after 2 a.m. when they tried to stop the red Chrysler convertible he was driving for speeding. He initially pulled over but then drove off and deputies pursued him and later found the car at the registered owner's home on Aloha Way.

Around 3:30 a.m., Gudmestad walked out of the home armed with a 22-caliber rifle and refused orders from deputies to drop it. Authorities say he then took aim at a sergeant and a deputy and they fired, hitting him in the shoulder.

Gudmestad, of Land O' Lakes, is being treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital until he can be booked into the Sarasota County Jail. He is being charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and one count of Aggravated Fleeing to Elude.

The sheriff's office says Gudmestad has a violent criminal history with arrests in several Florida counties as well as in Michigan and New Jersey. In, Florida alone, he has 36 felony charges, 15 felony convictions and has been sentenced to prison 5 times. His crimes included aggravated assault, battery, robbery, drugs and weapons charges.

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