Highlands deputy critically wounded in Lake Placid shooting; man in custody

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A Highlands County deputy was critically injured in shooting in Lake Placid.

Gentry was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital and remains in critical condition at this time.

Ables was held without bond on charges that include attempted first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Contact was made with the resident of a home. The sheriff's office tweeted early Monday the Gentry stayed hospitalized in serious illness. It is unclear if the suspect was aiming for the deputy or the neighbor.

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After Gentry went to the front door, Ables opened the door and shot Gentry in the head, deputies said.

The person that shot the deputy, a 69-year-old man, was taken into custody. This is an unimaginable tragedy for our agency.

Deputy Gentry, 40, has nine years and four months of service with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

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