State CFO Jimmy Patronis’ bomb squad helped defuse a dangerous incident in Lakeland this week.

The CFO’s office noted the bomb squad “deployed a tactical robot to disarm a suspect involved in a domestic dispute in Lakeland.” The Polk County Sheriff’s Office asked Patronis’ Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team for help and secured the arrest of Raymond Cadiz without incident.

“CFO Patronis’ investigators responded to domestic violence call where Cadiz allegedly pulled a gun on the victim, who escaped and called 911,” the CFO’s office noted. “The robot was deployed and conducted a search of the residence and discovered Cadiz in the rear bedroom where officers used the robot to demand Cadiz exit the residence. He was arrested and charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault.”

“Through advancements in technology, we can now neutralize dangerous situations before they escalate and cause harm to someone, including our first responders. I am proud of my team for their hard work and the specialized response they provide local law enforcement throughout Florida,” Patronis said on Monday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd also weighed in on the incident.

“We know that every time we call CFO Patronis’ investigators, they provide their top-notch staff and equipment to help us keep people in Polk County safe. In this case, our bad guy literally surrendered to the bomb squad robot. The bomb squad professionals helped diffuse a potentially life-threatening situation—this was a great outcome,” Judd said.


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