Injunction filed against alleged deputy shooter man accused of shooting deputy



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The man accused of shooting a deputy in a domestic violence case appeared before an Orange County judge on Thursday.

However, Eric Howell wasn't the only one who had a hearing Thursday.

WFTV was told the woman at the center of the shooting filed an injunction against Howell.

The woman, Sirena Bryan, lives in an apartment above the front office of a Public Storage facility on LB McLeod Road and just feet away from where the shooting happened.

Police released new details about what happened moments before they say Howell shot Orange County Deputy Charlie Murphy Wednesday morning.

Murphy was shot in the back while he was inside his SUV, which crashed into the gate at the Public Storage.

Investigators said the bullet was lodged near his spine.

According to Howell's arrest report, Bryan, the mother of his 3-year-old child, is friends with Murphy, who spent the night at her place on Tuesday. In the morning, Bryan and Murphy found Howell outside the gate.

He approached Murphy, and the two exchanged words, the report states.

Police said Howell then pulled out a gun and shot Murphy as he tried to drive away.

Bryan is asking the courts for a protection order against Howell.

According to court documents, Howell punched her in the face after the shooting and threatened her not to say anything about it.

Bryan also asked to cut some of Howell's custody rights. She has two children, and both of them live with her.

Howell was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Murphy is recovering from the gunshot wound.