Man shot after carajacking & pointing gun at Bartow officers, Polk County sheriff says

A man accused of carjacking in Bartow is in critical condition after investigators said he pointed a gun at police and was shot.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd joined Bartow Police Chief Andy Ray for a press conference Monday evening.

Judd said the suspect, 32-year-old Joshua Lee Walker, threatened his mother for her vehicle, but she refused.

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He then stole a vehicle from a couple at a liquor store.

The sheriff said Walker crashed the car into two vehicles on U.S. Highway 98 and then pointed a gun at two Bartow officers when they responded.

Walker was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he is still in critical condition.

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Law enforcement said no officers were injured during the shooting, crashes or carjacking.

Judd said Walker has an extensive 30-page criminal history, with eight prior felony convictions and multiple outstanding warrants.

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