Orlando Police Officer Shot, Four Children Held Hostage

By Faye Higbee

A woman contacted Orlando police at 11:45 p.m. Sunday night to advise them that her boyfriend had battered her. Police responded  to the apartment with probable cause to arrest the man for domestic violence. As they confronted him, he opened fire, hitting an Orlando police officer. Police returned fire.

The suspect then barricaded himself inside an apartment in the Westbrook apartment complex… with 4 children. The children are ages 1, 7, 10, and 12. As of Monday morning, the SWAT team is still on site, and police are attempting to negotiate with the suspect. It is unknown if the suspect was hit with the return fire.

Chief John Mina stated that some of the children were the suspect’s and some belonged to the reporting party. He said that the suspect has sometimes answered their calls and sometimes has not. Their main concern is the children inside the apartment.

The building was evacuated and tenents taken to a nearby McDonalds, then to a Holiday Inn.

The injured officer was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is out of surgery. His name has not been released, nor has the name of the suspect.

“It is a very serious, significant injury. He is expected to survive.” Chief John Mina

One man from Orange County corrections who knew the officer who was shot drove his pickup to the hospital and sat in the back waving a thin blue line flag in support of police. The corrections employee, Thomas Newmann, told the Orlando Sentinel that the injured officer has been with the OPD just under two years.