Masked man on scooter shoots at OPD officer in Baldwin Park



ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando police officer was shot at by a man to whom he had earlier issued a traffic citation.

Police said Officer Kevin Roberson, in full uniform, was working a traffic enforcement detail in Baldwin Park.

Police said Roberson conducted a traffic stop and issued a ticket to a driver, William Jasper Cates.

"The man was calm didn't state anything about contesting the ticket or anything like that," said Sgt. Jim Young of the Orlando Police Department.

A short time later, Cates, 63, returned to the area on a motor scooter and wearing a ski mask, according to police.

Police said Cates intentionally ran a stop sign directly in front of Roberson.

Cates crashed the scooter in front of a home near Fox Street and Juel Street as Roberson attempted to make a stop.

"I am doing laundry and I heard two gun shots and yelling," said homeowner Sandra Bailey.

When the Roberson approached the scooter, Cates began fighting with the him and punching him before pulling out a gun and firing two shots at the officer, police said.

According to a report, Cates told Roberson he would fight the citation, and that it would be his word against the officer's.

Police said Roberson had to kick Cates in the head after Cates pulled out his gun.

According to police, the Roberson did not return fire, but was able to detain Cates.

Cates was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

No one was hit by the gunfire, though one bullet hit Bailey's home.

Cates faces several charges, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, police said.

Police also said Cates admitted to not having a permit to carry a gun.

The report said Cates told officers, after the incident, that he knew what he did was wrong, and that he was only trying to show the officer he had a gun.

WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said Cates will likely have to undergo a psychological evaluation before going to trial.