Tuesday, August 19, 2014

One dead, two injured in officer-involved shooting downtown (UPDATE)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM

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Orlando police were called to respond to a report of a patron with a gun at Vixen bar early this morning. According to police, a confrontation ensued when they arrived, and shots were fired. According to an eyewitness account posted to Facebook by Kane Lee, an employee of the Corona Cigar Co., before police were called, shots were fired and the alleged gunman was thrown out of the club "and the door slammed in his face." Lee called 911, but two officers on bikes were flagged down and attempted to subdue the man. "They told him 10 times to get on the ground, and he wouldn't, so they Tazed him," Lee wrote on Facebook around 3 a.m. When the man allegedly reached for his gun, police shot him until he fell.

The press release from the Orlando Police Department is below.

"On 8-19-2014, at approximately 12:47 a.m., Orlando Police Officers responded to 118 South Orange Avenue (Vixen Bar), in reference to a man shooting a gun. When the officers arrived they saw a white male who matched the description of the reported armed suspect. A confrontation occurred between officers and the suspect, which resulted in shots being fired.

"As a result of the shooting, the suspect was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition at the time of this release, and a police lieutenant sustained non-life threatening injuries. A female patron of the establishment, was injured during the incident, she was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries.

"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. As a standard procedure, the officers are on paid administrative leave. There is no additional information available at this time; updates will be provided as it becomes available."

UPDATED, 6 PM ON AUG. 19 VIA OPD.

Update 1: Chief Mina’s Statement to the Press and release of 911 calls

 

“Good Afternoon,

 

Early this morning we had a tragic incident Downtown that has resulted in life-ending injuries for a young woman, Maria Fernada Godinez.

 

We join her friends and family as they mourn her loss.  I know I speak for everyone at the Orlando Police Department and throughout the City who are praying for her family during this difficult time.  As police officers our job is to protect the public and keep our residents safe, and one of the most challenging aspects of our job is when criminal activity affects innocent bystanders.

 

One of our police lieutenants, Frank Nunez also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He was treated at ORMC and is currently resting at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as well.

 

We want to provide you with as much information as possible but there are still unanswered questions as the Orlando Police Department and FDLE are still actively investigating this case. Our officers responded to calls for help about an armed suspect making threats outside an establishment. The preliminary indication is that during this situation, a bullet was discharged from Officer Edward Sanquino’s weapon and fatally struck a Maria who was inside the establishment.

 

The Orlando Police Department is committed to a full investigation to understand how this tragedy happened. The suspect, Kodi Roach, is currently being charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm and other charges, including felony murder are pending as witnesses are still being interviewed. Kodi Roach is being treated at ORMC and is in stable condition. FDLE will continue to investigate the use of force by our officers. Two officers were placed on administrative leave. Officer Eduardo Sanguino, and Officer Jeff Angel.

 

Again, nothing we can say today takes away the pain Maria’s friends and family are feeling today.  And we ask the community to keep her family in their thoughts and prayers.

 

Because this is an ongoing investigation I don’t have any further details to share, but as they become available I commit to providing updates.

 

We also ask that if you witnessed this incident, please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”

 

 

Officers involved

 

Lt. Frank Nunez assigned to Patrol Services Watch Commander serving since, 7/3/1995

 

Eduardo Sanguino assigned to Downtown Community Policing Division serving since, 1/9/2012

 

Jeff Angel assigned to Downtown Community Policing Division serving since, 9/25/2000

 

 

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

 

On 8-19-2014, at approximately 12:47 a.m., Orlando Police Officers responded to 118 South Orange Avenue (Vixen Bar), in reference to a man shooting a gun. When the officers arrived they saw a white male who matched the description of the reported armed suspect. A confrontation occurred between officers and the suspect, which resulted in shots being fired.

 

As a result of the shooting, the suspect was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition at the time of this release, and a police lieutenant sustained non-life threatening injuries. A female patron of the establishment, was injured during the incident, she was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries.

 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. As a standard procedure, the officers are on paid administrative leave. There is no additional information available at this time; updates will be provided as it becomes available.


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