Army veteran shot by police during alleged carjacking denied bond

ORLANDO, Fla. — A US army veteran shot by Orlando police during an alleged carjacking last week will not be granted bond.

Mark Longwell, attorney for 35-year-old Stefan Haskins, was in court Thursday morning to ask a judge for his release to seek mental health treatment.

“I think if we can get him some mental health evaluation and treatment that might help allay the current concerns of the court as well as get him the help he needs” Longwell said.


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Haskins, who remains hospitalized after being shot by police, was not in court when the judge denied the request.

Kristen Haskins described her son as a ‘good dude” but that he sufferers from post-traumatic stress disorder after watching his friends die in combat in Iraq.

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She said her son had been seeking treatment at the VA and may have experienced an episode the night he was shot.

On Dec. 30 police responded to the Vista Verde apartments off Hiwassee Road after neighbors reported seeing a man with a gun.

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When officers arrived they said they saw Haskins running with a gun and believed he was trying to carjack someone when he pointed the weapon at them.

Officers then opened fire, striking Haskins in the face, arm and chest.

Haskins could have another bond hearing in the coming weeks where his attorney can present a more detailed plan for treatment.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

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