1 dead in deputy-involved shooting, Orange County deputies say

By Lisa Bell, Anchor, lbell@clickorlando.com
Published On: Apr 29 2013 06:50:55 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2013 03:10:38 PM EDT

Authorities say at least one person has died in the deputy-shooting in Orange County, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

A man carrying a gun and acting "irate" near Orange Blossom Trail was shot and killed by Orange County deputies Monday night.

The shooting happened in between the Tranquility Extended Stay Hotel and the Que Rico restaurant in Orlando shortly after 6 p.m.

"Orange County Sheriff deputies responded to multiple calls regarding a man with a gun that was irate in the area," said Orange County Sheriff Captain Angelo Nieves.

Nieves says two deputies soon spotted the man, who was walking with a pellet gun along a driveway in between the hotel and the restaurant.

"As he exited towards the street or towards the sidewalk area, he started to walk northbound, disregarded the deputies. At that point, that's when the firing ensued," said Nieves.

Investigators were on the scene for several hours Monday night and say it appears the man was armed with a pellet gun. After the shooting, he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead and the two deputies who were involved are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

"Well, they told him to halt and he didn't comply," said Rudy Santiago who owns the Tranquility Hotel.

Santiago told Local 6 that minutes before the shooting, the man came onto his property, claimed to be having a domestic issue and was dropped off there.

"(He) just wasn't making much sense," said Santiago. "He sounded like he was possibly drunk."

The sheriff's office says they'll be interviewing witnesses and looking at surveillance video to see if the man pointed a gun at deputies and whether he threatened them.

Nieves did not release the suspect's name saying they need to notify next of kin, but described the suspect as a black male in his 20s.

The two deputies Ronald Allen and Brian Tracy have been reassigned to administrative duty. Allen has been employed with the Orange County Sheriff's Office since August 14, 2008 and is assigned to the Sector IV Uniform Patrol Division. Tracy has been employed with the Orange County Sheriff's Office since November 8, 2012 and is also assigned to the Sector IV Uniform Patrol Division.

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