WFTV obtains video of fatal deputy-involved shooting on OBT



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV obtained surveillance footage Tuesday that shows two deputies opening fire on a man who they said was acting erratically and running around with a gun.

Investigators said Deputies Ronald Allen and Brian Tracy shot and killed a man who they said was armed outside an Orange County hotel.

The shooting happened at the Tranquility Inn & Suites on South Orange Blossom Trail near Holden Avenue on Monday evening, according to the Sheriff's Office.

WFTV learned a good portion of the shooting was caught on surveillance cameras. Authorities said they are reviewing video to determine exactly what happened.

Wednesday morning the Sheriff's Office identified the dead man as Alexis C. Diaz, 34.

Employees said they called authorities when the Diaz suddenly ran onto hotel property armed with what appeared to be a gun.

"We called 911 as soon as it happened," witness Rudy Santiago said.

Santiago said Diaz was not making much sense and sounded like he was drunk.

Deputies said when they arrived, they spotted Diaz between the hotel and the restaurant next door.

Authorities won't say what Diaz was doing, but said he would not comply with their demands.

In the video, Allen and Tracy can be seen arriving, crossing paths with Diaz and then going after him.

Seconds later, the deadly confrontation played out.

In the video, Diaz is blocked by a tree during the actual shooting. Allen and Tracy first draw their guns, take a step back and then open fire.

"He started to walk northbound, disregarding the deputies … at that point that is when the firing ensued," said Capt. Angelo Nieves with Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Diaz was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died a short time later, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said deputies recovered a black pellet gun that was believed to belong to Diaz.

Authorities said the two deputies have been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.