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By KJ Mullins     Sep 4, 2011 in Crime
Auburndale - On Friday night a 9-1-1 call came into the call center in Auburndale, Flordia from a home but the caller hung up when the Polk County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center (ECC) answered the call.
Police reports show that the child called the police when her parents were involved in a physical dispute.
The number was called back twice, the first time the call was sent straight to voice mail but on the second call a little girl, 8, answered and told the operator everything was okay. Her mother grabbed the phone saying that she and her daughter had left the residence and that her husband was still in the home.
Stacy Booth, an officer with the APD was sent to the home to make sure that everything was okay. Booth was on her way to the front door when bullets were fired at her from a SKS assault rifle, with 7.62 X 39 MM rounds.
Struck in her right wrist and lower abdomen Booth dragged herself to a neighbour's home and into the garage of Jose Acosta and his wife, Mabel Placeras.
The couple quickly shut the garage door and called 9-1-1. While the call was going into the emergency line Booth used her radio to the scene warning them that the resident was armed. Officers from Polk Country Sherrif's Office, Winter Haven Police Department and Auburndale Police Department rushed to the scene.
The officers were about to take Michael Lester into custody. Inside the home police found 30 spent 7.62 X 39 MM shell casings, 20 of which had been fired at Officer Booth through the front door. Law enforcement also found 1,000 rounds of live ammunition, a Reuger mini 30, loaded with 9 live rounds and one in the chamber; an SKS assault rifle, loaded with 9 live 7.62 X 39 MM rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber; and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun loaded with live buckshot.
Officer Booth was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time of the incident but was hit in areas of her body that the vest was not protecting. She is in critical but stable condition.
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