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The gun recovered at the Crystal Court Apartments, has been identified as a match to a shell casing found at the scene in the shooting of Officer Crispin. Further testing on the gun is being conducted and any other updates on this development will be released as they become available.

The suspect, Kyle Williams, now faces charges of First-Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm, after charges against him were upgraded.

Lakeland Police are announcing funeral arrangements for Officer Arnulfo Crispin on behalf of the Crispin family.

The following funeral arrangements have been planned:

Public Viewing/Visitation

Monday, December 26th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Resurrection Church

3720 Old Rd. 37

Lakeland, Fl 33813

Media is directed to park in the Medulla Baptist Church parking lot located at 3930 Old Road 37, Lakeland, FL 33813. The parking lot will open to media at 5:00 PM.

Funeral/Graveside Services

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Victory Church

1401 Griffin Rd.

Lakeland, Fl 33801

Procession following the funeral service to Oakhill Cemetery, 4620 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland, FL (VIEW MAP)

Additional instructions to media for parking at Victory Church and Oakhill Cemetery will be forthcoming. PGTV will be handling the pool camera for the funeral and Calvin Knight of The Ledger will be handling still photos. Matt Costine of PCSO will be coordinating the pool camera arrangements for the funeral.

This information is also available on

The Lakeland Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Corps, Inc. has established the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund for donations in relation to the shooting of Officer Crispin. Donations can be mailed directly to the Lakeland Police Department at the following address:

Lakeland Police Department
C/O Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Or, can be made directly to any Wells Fargo bank location and indicate they are for the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund.

Information will follow later today in reference to the services for Officer Crispin.

Florida Southern College purchased Callahan Court.  As a result, the road will be closed beginning the morning of Wed., Dec. 21st

This will be the future location of the Florida Southern College tennis court facility and intramural athletic field as was approved by the City of Lakeland City Commission on Monday, December 19th

As part of the College’s master plan, a turn-around will be installed at the road entering from the south side off of Lake Hollingsworth Drive for public service vehicle access.