Friday, August 22, 2014

Orlando police officer fired 9 shots in deadly downtown shooting ----- Killed bystander

By Caroline Rowland and David Bodden, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 7:32 PM

The Orlando police officer who shot and killed a woman during a late-night confrontation with an armed man early Tuesday morning in downtown Orlando fired his agency-issued weapon nine times, according to a report released Wednesday.

Officer Eduardo Sanguino struck the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Kody Roach, several times, the report states. Roach survived the shooting.

Maria Castillo, 22, was struck by a stray bullet fired from Sanguino's gun, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Tuesday in a press conference. Police originally said Maria's last name was Godinez, but friends say she actually went by the last name Castillo.

Castillo later died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Witnesses at the time of the shooting said it wasn't likely that Roach fired his weapon. However, further investigation revealed Roach's .40-caliber handgun wasn't loaded and had no ammunition in the magazine or in the chamber, according to the report released Wednesday.

Police said the gun Roach had was stolen out of Orange County and was fully operational.
The shooting happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday outside Vixen Bar, 118 S. Orange Ave., when officers responded to a man with a gun.

Witnesses said the suspect, Kody Roach, was a regular at the bar. A man said Roach tried to walk inside the bar with his firearm.

911 calls began to come into dispatchers of a man with a gun outsid e the nightclub in downtown Orlando.
"He's, like, banging on the door with a gun!" said one caller.

The officers involved are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
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