ORANGE COUNTY, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - According to police a murder suspect got his hands on a deputy's shotguns while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. Now the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to know how he managed to do it.
The incident centers around the partition that separates the front of the SUV from the back. Somehow, the suspect, 29-year-old Jose Torres, was able to break through it and get his hands on a pair of shotguns.
This happened on Monday when Orange County Sheriff's deputies found Torres and his girlfriend sleeping in a pick-up truck in the back of a convenience store.
Once deputies ran the plate they found that truck came back belonging to a missing man, James Watrous. Deputies arrested the couple and put both Torres and his girlfriend in the back of separate SUV's as they investigated what was going on.
At some point, the Sheriff's Office says deputies heard some noise coming from the back of the SUV Torres was in and when they went to check on him, they found a deputy's shotgun next to him in the backseat.
Fox35 did reach out to the manufacturer of the partition to see how something like this could have happened, but have not heard back from them yet.