FDLE agent, suspect injured in shooting during drug operation in Kissimmee

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent and a suspect were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Kissimmee.

According to FDLE, around 3 p.m., three agents from their Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center were assisting Orlando agents with a “long-term, multi-jurisdictional” drug investigation.

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The agents were in an unmarked vehicle following the suspects on Hoagland Blvd. when FDLE says the suspects started shooting at them.

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One agent was injured in the gunfire and is expected to be fine.

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The agents returned fire, striking one of the suspects who was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center in critical condition. A second suspect wasn’t injured.

FDLE Special Agent Mark Brutnell says the situation could have been much worse.

“Dealing with some bad people obviously,” Agent Brutnell says. “Narcotics deals are dangerous; we saw that play out today.”

Kissimmee police Chief Jeffrey O’Dell said his department will conduct the shooting investigation for FDLE.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler, WFTV.com

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.