Senseless. That's how Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is describing the murder of Sumter County Firefighter Clifford Cofer II last night in Lakeland.
It happened around 6 p.m.in the driveway of a home at 202 Alderman Road.
Judd says Cofer and his and girlfriend Kayla Stayner, 27, went to the home of Stayner's ex boyfriend Caleb McKinney, 31, to drop off medicine for a baby that the former couple had together.
When Cofer and Stayner arrived at the home, Caleb McKinney sprinted out the front door and ran to the car where Cofer sat. McKinney fired five shots at Cofer, hitting him in the chest and stomach. Stayner's five-year old child was in the car sitting behind Cofer when he was killed.
McKinney ran back into the house and barricaded himself inside before eventually surrendering to deputies.
"It had nothing to do with anything other than personal emotion, rage, and inability to handle a break-up situation," according to Judd.
McKinney is facing several charges, the most serious first-degree murder.