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One dead, two injured in officer-involved shooting downtown (UPDATE)

August 19, 2014
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Orlando police were called to respond to a report of a patron with a gun at Vixen bar early this morning. According to police, a confrontation ensued when they arrived, and shots were fired. According to an eyewitness account posted to Facebook by Kane Lee, an employee of the Corona Cigar Co., before police were called, shots were fired and the alleged gunman was thrown out of the club “and the door slammed in his face.” Lee called 911, but two officers on bikes were flagged down and attempted to subdue the man. “They told him 10 times to get on the ground, and he wouldn’t, so they Tazed him,” Lee wrote on Facebook around 3 a.m. When the man allegedly reached for his gun, police shot him until he fell.

The press release from the Orlando Police Department is below.

“On 8-19-2014, at approximately 12:47 a.m., Orlando Police Officers responded to 118 South Orange Avenue (Vixen Bar), in reference to a man shooting a gun. When the officers arrived they saw a white male who matched the description of the reported armed suspect. A confrontation occurred between officers and the suspect, which resulted in shots being fired.

“As a result of the shooting, the suspect was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition at the time of this release, and a police lieutenant sustained non-life threatening injuries. A female patron of the establishment, was injured during the incident, she was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries.

“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. As a standard procedure, the officers are on paid administrative leave. There is no additional information available at this time; updates will be provided as it becomes available.”

UPDATED, 6 PM ON AUG. 19 VIA OPD.

Update 1: Chief Mina’s Statement to the Press and release of 911 calls

“Good Afternoon,

Early this morning we had a tragic incident Downtown that has resulted in life-ending injuries for a young woman, Maria Fernada Godinez.

We join her friends and family as they mourn her loss.  I know I speak for everyone at the Orlando Police Department and throughout the City who are praying for her family during this difficult time.  As police officers our job is to protect the public and keep our residents safe, and one of the most challenging aspects of our job is when criminal activity affects innocent bystanders.

One of our police lieutenants, Frank Nunez also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He was treated at ORMC and is currently resting at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as well.

We want to provide you with as much information as possible but there are still unanswered questions as the Orlando Police Department and FDLE are still actively investigating this case. Our officers responded to calls for help about an armed suspect making threats outside an establishment. The preliminary indication is that during this situation, a bullet was discharged from Officer Edward Sanquino’s weapon and fatally struck a Maria who was inside the establishment.

The Orlando Police Department is committed to a full investigation to understand how this tragedy happened. The suspect, Kodi Roach, is currently being charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm and other charges, including felony murder are pending as witnesses are still being interviewed. Kodi Roach is being treated at ORMC and is in stable condition. FDLE will continue to investigate the use of force by our officers. Two officers were placed on administrative leave. Officer Eduardo Sanguino, and Officer Jeff Angel.

Again, nothing we can say today takes away the pain Maria’s friends and family are feeling today.  And we ask the community to keep her family in their thoughts and prayers.

Because this is an ongoing investigation I don’t have any further details to share, but as they become available I commit to providing updates.

We also ask that if you witnessed this incident, please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”

Officers involved

Lt. Frank Nunez assigned to Patrol Services Watch Commander serving since, 7/3/1995

Eduardo Sanguino assigned to Downtown Community Policing Division serving since, 1/9/2012

Jeff Angel assigned to Downtown Community Policing Division serving since, 9/25/2000

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

On 8-19-2014, at approximately 12:47 a.m., Orlando Police Officers responded to 118 South Orange Avenue (Vixen Bar), in reference to a man shooting a gun. When the officers arrived they saw a white male who matched the description of the reported armed suspect. A confrontation occurred between officers and the suspect, which resulted in shots being fired.

As a result of the shooting, the suspect was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition at the time of this release, and a police lieutenant sustained non-life threatening injuries. A female patron of the establishment, was injured during the incident, she was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is conducting the Officer Involved Shooting investigation. As a standard procedure, the officers are on paid administrative leave. There is no additional information available at this time; updates will be provided as it becomes available.

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  • Mark Mills

    notice how a “white” guy with a gun, yet he was tazed BEFORE he was shot and given a chance,,,,had it been a black kid with his hands up that requires being shot 6 times.

  • Muko

    Well he was clearly a troubled young man with an undiagnosed mental illness. Just acting out on his unnatural aggression, really.

  • question mark

    If the gunmen was shot when he allegedly reached for his gun how did other people sustain injuries. IT mentioned shots were fired earlier and he was thrown out of the bar. Once cops arrived they are the only ones in the article mentioned to have fired shots then. Were stray cop bullets the cause of a womens death? Why is none of this answered? If two cops are someone how can he reach for his gun? Why can’t one office taze while the other subdues and restrains. how was he even able to reach for his gun after being tased.

  • OWeditor

    So far, it hasn’t been revealed whose bullets hit the woman who was killed. I would imagine that’s part of what the investigation will tell us.

  • Ambient Mopar

    Normally the phrase is Black man/woman or no race description. At less this an improvement.

  • Guest

    It helps that this guy didn’t attack them.

  • Questionmarked

    So it was the cops bullets that killed an innocent women. Also not stated but implied since the perp didnt have a loaded gun, the wounded police officer was shot from a bullet discharged from another police officers weapon as well. Now what really blows my mind is he got paid suspension. So a cop can shoot someone who was being tased instead of bravely running and tackle to restrain, shoot and kill an innocent and a fellow officer in the leg and gets a paid leave? I want a job like that!!!

  • Michael Davis

    At the time he was confronted, he had the gun in his waistband. That doesn’t make what happened in Missouri right, but it was not the wrong response in this case. They escalated force properly, in response to escalated threat.

  • Michael Davis

    Well if the perp had an empty gun, that only leaves the police, no? That speaks volumes to the level of their training, that they could flat-out miss a man-sized target at close range.

  • Michael Davis

    I dont think it was deliberate, so tone down the outrage maybe? Save it for the fact that they are so poorly trained that they miss man-sized targets and hit each other and innocent bystanders.

  • noah

    If I killed your child because I was poorly trained at something would you be less outraged? Why Not Hold Our Police To Higher Standards. Due to an officers incompetence someone was killed. If I killed someone on accident I sure wouldn’t get paid suspension. I would be in jail pending investigation. Our Police should fear the internal affairs department. Maybe it will take incidents like this occurring before we see the need for change. Why were 9 shots fired at someone who hadn’t fired any shots and who’s gun was found to be unloaded?