On May 1, 2016, at approximately 2:07 a.m, the Orlando Police Department dispatch received a call from a witness reporting a black male, wearing a dark shirt and dark pants was walking up and down Orange Blossom Trail near Carter Street carrying a Chrome firearm. The first officer on scene immediately called for assistance stating he had the suspect matching the description at gunpoint. Assisting units responded and made contact with the suspect who was carrying a firearm.
According to OPD, verbal commands were given by the officers for the suspect to put the weapon down. The suspect refused the officers commands and raised the firearm. Two officers fired their weapons striking the suspect.
The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. No officers were injured in the shooting.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. As a standard procedure, the officers involved in the incident will be on paid administrative leave.
There is no additional information available at this time.
The suspect’s information as well as the officers involved in the incident will be released on Monday along with the incident report.