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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting Sunday evening, Jan. 16, where they found a man who was fatally shot in his backyard .

The suspect involved in the shooting turned the gun on himself a short time later, causing a serious injury.

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Deputies responded to the scene on Bailey Road in an unincorporated area of ​​Mulberry at around 9.16pm following reports of a shooting.

The 38-year-old victim, identified as Cipriano Jimenez Toribio, was found dead with apparent gunshot wounds to the head. Family members allowed the PSCO to reveal Mr. Toribio’s identity.

A K-9 unit searched for the suspect and located him approximately half a mile away; he was unresponsive with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was in possession of a handgun. He was taken to a local hospital on life support.

The suspect has been identified as Edward Flores, 27. According to Flores’ mother, her son stayed with her and had a drug problem. She said he had been drinking alcohol and seemed stoned when he left the house that night, just before the murder.

Edouard Flores

Flores’ mother owns the residence where Mr. Toribio lived.

“Our victim and the suspect were friends. The victim is a roofer and a part-time minister. In fact, he repeatedly tried to help the suspect and prayed with him regarding the suspect’s drug problem,” said Grady Judd, Sheriff.

PCSO Homicide detectives spoke with a witness who was with the victim at the time of the murder.

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The witness said that he and the victim had just returned from the store and found that all the circuit breakers had been switched off.

As they both stood in the kitchen, Flores appeared in the doorway to the back porch, pointed a gun at them, and ordered them both to go out into the garden.

Once in the yard, Flores asked, “What did you do?” The victim replied that they had just returned from the store, then his cell phone rang. Flores took the phone from her.

The witness said that the victim told Flores that he had no problem with him (Flores) or his mother, and that’s when Flores shot the victim and he fell on the ground.

Flores then pointed the gun at the witness and said, “Tell me where you went and don’t lie to me.” The witness replied that they had gone to the store, and Flores pointed the gun at the victim and shot him again. It was then that the witness fled.

The K-9 unit located Flores less than an hour after the murder.

At present, Flores remains hospitalized on life support.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Edward Flores’ criminal history includes sixteen felonies and six misdemeanors, consisting of charges of concealed possession of a weapon, burglary, multiple thefts and drug possession, providing false information to a pawnbroker and violations probation.

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