Orange County Deputy Killed in Shooting

An Orange County deputy was killed in a shooting while responding to a car burglary call late Monday night

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    An Orange County deputy was killed in a shooting while responding to a car burglary call late Monday night. (Published Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014)

    An Orange County deputy was killed in a shooting while responding to a car burglary call late Monday night.

    Authorities said the deputy was responding to Apopka-Vineland Road and Westminster Abbey Boulevard when he found a person fitting the description of the suspect, WESH reported.

    "Around midnight our deputy encountered the suspect and the suspect took off running. The deputy sheriff took off in pursuit in the area of Longmore Court and Westminster Abbey Boulevard," said Orange County Undersheriff Rey Rivero. "The deputy was hit and kept running. We called for help, shots fired and right after that another shot was heard."


    The deputy was struck as several shots were fired. He was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    There was no exchange of gunfire, Sheriff's Office Capt. Angelo Nieves said.

    The suspect ran off and was later found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Authorities haven't released the name of the deputy but said he was a 34-year-old husband and father of three children.


    "Please keep the family of the OCSO fallen deputy in your thoughts and prayers. The OCSO is devastated by this tragic loss," the sheriff's office tweeted early Tuesday.

    The suspect hasn't been identified. A woman who was in the suspect's car was arrested and taken for questioning, WESH reported.