Second arrest made in incident involving OPD officer run over by car

Detectives with the Orlando Police Department have made a second arrest in a Monday morning incident in which an officer was run over by a car during a traffic stop.

Angel Nieves, 17, faces a charge of tampering with evidence.  He is currently located at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC).  Authorities said Nieves was inside the car when Officer William Anderson was run over by Edward Earl Kelty.  Kelty, also 17, is charged with attempted second-degree murder on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.  He is expected to be transferred to the JAC after he is released from the hospital.  

Officer Anderson, an eight-year veteran with the department, remains in stable condition at a hospital and is expected to recover. 

Video of the incident was recorded on a dashboard camera inside the off-duty officer's patrol car and released on Tuesday.  According to investigators, Officer Anderson picked up an extra security detail at a McDonald's restaurant near the intersection of South Kirkman and Vineland roads.  Around 2:45 a.m., he attempted a traffic stop on a silver, four-door car.

During the stop, one of the car's occupants stepped out of the passenger's side of the vehicle and ran away.  As Officer Anderson tried to stop that person, investigators said the driver, identified later as Kelty, accelerated and slammed into Anderson.  Anderson fired his weapon during the incident and a bullet struck Kelty in the arm.

"Edward Kelty was behind the wheel of that vehicle. We have physical evidence, we have forensic evidence, and we have testimony that puts him behind the wheel of the vehicle that ran over our officer," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina. "He was shot by our officer, and now he will face those charges."

Investigators found the silver car on Lake Pearl Drive in Gotha, which had been abandoned and set on fire.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Chief Mina confirmed to FOX 35 that two women came to police headquarters to file an excessive force complaint against Officer Anderson, on behalf of at least one of the occupants believed to have been inside the silver car at the time of the incident.

"It really, really doesn't matter what they think, they weren't there," Chief Mina responded, dismissing the claim.  "We are tired of people hurting police officers, not complying with police officers' orders and from the police."

 

 

 

 

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