Saturday, February 25, 2017

Orlando police officer shoots man firing BB gun at Wal-Mart where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed privateofficer.com

Pictures: Orlando police officer involved in shooting at Wal-Mart


Orlando FL Feb 25 2017 An Orlando police officer shot a man accused of randomly firing a BB gun at people Thursday at a Wal-Mart — the same store where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed last month.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said officers were called about 4 p.m. to the store, which is tucked behind trees on Princeton Street.
The incident started when the suspect approached a man who was loading groceries into the back of his pickup.
The suspect said “Hey,” and when the victim turned around, he opened fire, police said.
The victim was hit in the arm, then jumped in the bed of his truck to escape being shot again, Mina said.
The suspect went inside the store, bought something, then came back outside to continue firing.
He shot at two other customers and several vehicles in the parking lot.
“He just came up to the people and started shooting,” Mina said.
The suspect fled after the shootings and was confronted by an officer beside John Young Parkway, just a block from the store. 
Mina said the officer exited his vehicle and the suspect pointed the BB gun at him and opened fire. The officer shot back, hitting him at least once.
The suspect was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. His condition was not immediately released.
The officer was not injured.
Wal-Mart was closed to the public as officers investigated the shooting. John Young Parkway also was partially shut down where the officer and suspect exchanged gunfire.
About a dozen officers crowded around the scene as crime-scene technicians photographed the black BB gun, which Mina said looked realistic and had a larger-than-normal muzzle.
Mina said it was possible surveillance cameras caught the suspect firing the BB gun. He said cameras captured the moments when Markeith Loyd shot Clayton multiple times.
Gregory Brown was on his way to Wal-Mart to get his taxes done at the Jackson Hewitt inside when an officer told him to turn around.
“What happened?” he asked.
The officer told him there was a shooting. Brown was in disbelief.
“Another one?” he said. “My Lord.”
Brown, 55, said he frequents the store. “I just don’t understand the violence,” he said. “We’re all brothers and sisters, and this shouldn’t keep happening, especially not here at this Wal-Mart.”
He said he won’t let the incidents deter him from shopping there and said that the community shouldn’t live in fear.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting, and the officer is on the customary paid leave.
Mina said it was tough hearing that the shooting happened at the same Wal-Mart where Clayton was killed Jan. 9.

“Certainly the memories of Debra and having to come here again for an officer-involved shooting were one of the first things me and my staff talked about — all of those sad memories,” he said.
Orlando Sentinel 

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