Shots fired during undercover heroin bust near Waterford Lakes



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man accused of shooting at an undercover deputy in Orange County on Tuesday has been charged with attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer.

Authorities said Shontell McCauley shot at the deputy during an undercover heroin transaction near Lake Underhill and Alafaya Trail.

According to deputies, the shooting happened in the Lowe's store parking lot near Waterford Lakes.

Deputies said the officer returned fire and an undercover deputy slammed McCauley's vehicle to block it in. McCauley then surrendered and was taken into custody.

Witness Danny Schilling, who was out for a walk and heard the whole situation go south, said at least five shots were fired.

"Five or six," Schilling said.

No one was injured, authorities said.

"It's a fine line," said Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "It's a balance, but there was meticulous planning for this to make sure no citizens were in harm's way in case the worst possible scenario happened, and it did."

McCauley also faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute.

Ereka Hill, who was with McCauley and attempted to help make the transaction, was also taken into custody, investigators said. She, too, is charged with possession with intent to distribute.

In February, Channel 9's Tim Barber reported that heroin is making a comeback in central Florida. His piece was shot a short distance from where Tuesday's shootout happened.

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