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Polk County deputy shoots Kissimmee woman armed with a knife

A Polk County deputy shot a Kissimmee woman on Tuesday after she ran toward the law enforcement officer with a knife, authorities said.

Lindsey Collins, 25, of Kissimmee, who was listed in critical but stable condition, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault on LEO, armed burglary and felony criminal mischief.

According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched at 10:28 p.m. to Winter Haven home of a 36-year-old man in reference to a disturbance complaint.

The man said that Collins, his ex-girlfriend, was intentionally tearing up his house, damaging his vehicle and she had sent threatening texts stating: "I'm will hunt y'all down," "I will kill her," "take her life and mine, you can watch! I don't care," the report stated.

Ingram also said she was bringing a knife.

At 10:35 p.m., Deputy Lance Turley arrived on scene, and exited his patrol car, which was parked in front of the home, where the ex-boyfriend was standing. As Turley began talking to the man, Collins ran out from the home, directly toward her ex-boyfriend, with her arm raised, holding a knife, the report stated.

Turley, fearing for the safety of the man and himself, fired one shot, striking Collins. Turley immediately notified dispatch of the shooting, requested EMS, and began life-saving measures on Collins in the roadway.

A roommate of the ex-boyfriend, was home at the time, told detectives that Collins was armed with a knife (with an approximately 8-inch long blade), and she used it to damage Ingram's truck. The man heard Collins threaten to kill the man, and she chased both individuals with the knife. The man jumped into a boat in the back yard to hide from her. The ex-boyfriend then called the Sheriff's Office.

"Domestic violence calls are one of the most dangerous we respond to. The suspect said she was coming to the house to kill, and that's exactly what she tried to do. Fortunately for the two men at the house, our deputy arrived and did exactly what he had to in order to protect the victim and himself,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Collins was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her torso.

Her criminal history includes a 2016 arrest for battery, charged with beating another woman (received 12 months' probation), and a 2012 arrest for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Turley is 30 years old, and has been with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for nine years.