ORLANDO, Fla. - After a stray bullet from an officer’s gun hit and killed a woman on Tuesday, Channel 9’s Mario Boone spoke one-on-one with the Orlando Police Department about how it trains officers to make split-second decisions with their weapons.
Officer Eduardo Sanguino opened fire on Kody Roach, who was waving a gun in front of Vixen nightclub, police said.
He shot Roach six times, but a stray bullet hit and killed Maria Godinez, who was inside the bar.
Eyewitness News went inside OPD’s firearms training unit for officers.
“We qualify twice a year with our handguns. We qualify once a year with our rifles, and once a year with our shotguns,” said Sgt. David Haddock, with the Orlando Police Training Unit.
Haddock could not speak about the Sanguino investigation, but said officers undergo training four times a year.
“We’re spreading it throughout the year so that officers get more opportunities to practice their skill set,” he said.
Haddock said OPD’s training far surpasses what surrounding agencies require.
He stressed that even after an officer stops a threat, it takes one to two seconds for the brain to realize the threat has been eliminated.
Sanguino and another officer remain on routine leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement completes its investigation.