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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Central Florida man goes live on Instagram during shootout with Orange County deputies

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 2:21 PM

A 23-year-old Windermere man was arrested Wednesday after Orange County deputies say he fired at them with a gun and livestreamed their shootout on Instagram.

Despite the gunfire exchange between deputies and Laforest Duron Gray Jr., no one was shot during the incident at the Citra at Windermere apartments

  • Photo via Orange County Jail
The Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to the apartment complex around 7:55 p.m. after someone called 911 and said a man was dragging and beating a woman, according to the arrest affidavit. The witness was reportedly driving when he saw Gray's wife walking in apparent distress and asked her if she needed help.

After initially refusing, Gray's wife ran after the witness and jumped in his car, asking him to help her. The witness told deputies Gray ran to his car, pulled his wife out of the car by her hair and started punching her.

When deputies arrived, they confronted Gray and his wife in their garage, but the couple refused to speak with them. Gray ignored multiple commands from deputies to show them his hands, keeping his right hand concealed as he stood behind the open passenger door of a yellow Camaro. The 23-year-old was screaming at deputies while his wife tried to calm him down and stood between him and law enforcement.

Gray went live on Instagram for about four minutes, cursing at deputies as his followers pleaded with him to relax.

"Y'all fixing to see this shit live," Gray allegedly said while smiling at the camera, according to the affidavit. "Straight up you fixin' to see this shit live. I'll take one for the team, bro – I swear to God, I swear to God."

Gray then looked up and yelled for deputies to release his wife as one of them pulled her out of the garage, according to the report. Deputies allege Gray fired a silver .38 caliber revolver at them, so three other deputies returned fire.

Deputies say Gray retreated behind the Camaro and continued to scream for his wife. As the suspect was arrested, officials say Gray resisted their efforts to put him in handcuffs and he was bitten by a K9, the report says.

Gray was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment and was later booked into the Orange County Jail. He's currently being held there on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, domestic violence battery, resisting an officer with violence and a burglary of conveyance.

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