Suspect, bystander injured in officer-involved shooting in Orlando

- The Orlando Police Department on Wednesday responded to an officer-involved shooting at the Tuscany Bay Apartments, at 2575 South Semoran Boulevard.   According to officials, no officers were injured and the suspect is in custody; however, it does appear an innocent bystander was injured during the exchange of gunfire. 

Around 1:30 p.m., officers received a call from a witness who told them that a man, who was possibly carrying a gun, was choking a woman.  A gang unit officer was in the area and responded. Upon his arrival, he came into contact with a man who matched the description of the suspect. 

"That suspect pointed a firearm at that officer and began shooting at our officer. Our officer returned fire, hitting the suspect. He's been arrested. He was struck once," explained Orlando Police Chief John Mina. 

The suspect and the innocent bystander were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  "The officer is ok, not injured. It appears he followed his training, did what he had to do to peacefully resolve the situation," Mina said. 

"The female involved in the altercation had visible signs of injury on her face and was not cooperative with investigators," said police spokesperson Michelle Guido. "We do know she and the suspect are in a domestic relationship."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. As a standard procedure, the officer is on paid administrative leave.  He has been with the Orlando Police Department since 2007. 

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