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Frostproof Man Charged With Attempted 1st Degree Murder After Shooting Late Sunday Night


Frostproof, Florida – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Angel Galarza, DOB: 02/21/2003, for Attempted 1st Degree Murder. An incident occurred between Galarza and an ex-girlfriend on a date. Galarza allegedly shot 6 rounds at the victim, the ex-girlfriend’s date. The incident took place on Walter Ave. in Frostproof.

Here is an excerpt of the arrest affidavit. (It should be noted that this is an unedited report of facts by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. These facts are up for question and everyone is entitled to question the validity of facts by law enforcement in a court of law. The Lake Wales Daily does not rewrite these facts as some meanings or interpretations could be in error and change context. We hope readers appreciate being able to read the information and come to their own understanding and conclusions) :

“On 12/04/22, at approximately 2258 hours, the victim, REDACTED, and the witness, REDACTED were sitting in a parked vehicle in front of REDACTED residence at REDACTED Walter Ave, Frostproof, FL. The residence is in an area that has occupied homes in the surrounding area.

While they were sitting in the car talking, a silver Toyota pickup truck, driven by the suspect, Angel Galarza, drove through an open field and pulled in front of their vehicle. REDACTED recognized the vehicle as the one Galarza drives. REDACTED began to back down the road in an attempt to get away from Galarza. Galarza continued to drive towards REDACTED’S vehicle as REDACTED backed down the roadway. The witness, REDACTED, got out of the vehicle and was able to get to REDACTED residence.

The victim, REDACTED, attempted to get away from Galarza by going around his vehicle. As REDACTED maneuvered his vehicle to go into a field, Galarza fired six shots from a firearm while he was still in his vehicle. Five shots struck the victim’s vehicle with one striking the driver’s door, one struck the “B” pillar and three entered the driver’s window.

The victim, REDACTED, who was still driving was struck once in the left hand and was grazed on the throat. The victim, REDACTED, was able to leave the area and called for assistance. Galarza left the area and circled back around where he asked the witness, REDACTED, for the victims location.

A sworn recorded interview was conducted with another witness, REDACTED, who advised she had received a call from Galarza earlier in the day stating that he was going to do something stupid. Galarza was upset that REDACTED, his ex-girlfriend, was on a date with someone else. REDACTED ended a 2 year relationship with Galarza within the past two weeks.

An interview was conducted with the victim, REDACTED, who advised while at the movies, the witness, REDACTED, received a call from Galarza. The victim, overheard their conversation and heard Galarza state he was going to kill him and REDACTED, the witness.

A search warrant was authored to locate the firearm at Galarza’s residence. During the search warrant four street signs (2-Hwy 27) (2-Princeton Ave) were located in Galarza’s bedroom. The bedroom has one bed and Galarza is the only one occupying the bedroom. A shell casing matching the one located at the incident location was located on the vehicle driven by Galarza. The firearm was unable to be located at the residence or in the vehicle.

Based upon the investigation and interviews there is probable cause to charge Galarza with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Shooting into Occupied Vehicle. Discharge Firearm in a Residential Area. Discharge Firearm irom a Vehicle, Improper Exhibit Firearm/Dangerous Weapon. Petit Theft (4cts). and Tampering with Physical Evidence.”

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