ORLANDO, Fla. — A man accused of causing problems at the WWE Performance Center in Orange County was shot Monday during a third incident at the facility this month, authorities said.
A friend of the man told Channel 9 Monday night that he and others have long had concerns about the man.
The shooting happened Monday afternoon at the Forsyth Commerce Road facility, officials said.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said 29-year-old Armando Montalvo had a fixation with a female wrestler and had been causing problems at the facility to the point officials there have been hiring off-duty deputies for extra security.
Demings said no deputies were on the WWE campus Monday, but two nearby plain-clothes deputies responded.
According to Demings, Corporal Steve Wahl and Deputy Dave Richardson were involved in the confrontation with Montalvo.
Montalvo told the deputies he was possibly armed with a knife, so the deputies had weapons drawn when they approached him, Demings said. Montalvo then charged one of the deputies, who fired once as he retreated roughly 75 feet, authorities said.
"He's running backyards trying to create distance between he and the ultimately the subject closes within just a few feet and he fires one shot at that time," Demings said.
Montalvo was struck and was taken to a local hospital. His condition has not been released.
Wahl and Richardson are both on administrative leave.
Demings said the Sheriff's Office has encountered Montalvo before and he was most recently arrested on Aug. 4 for trespass after warning.
Luis Rivera, who works next door to the WWE facility, said the suspect was in the area two weeks ago threatening employees.
"The crazy guy came in and was swinging a chain up in the air and apparently he came back today and got shot," Rivera said.
The WWE went as far as filing an injunction to keep him off the property. According to the injunction, Montalvo used feces and urine to vandalize the building on at least one occasion.
Friends of Montalvo told Channel 9's Angela Jacobs that Montalvo has had problems in the past.
Elvis Kalicharan said he has known Montalvo for 15 years.
"He's just a little kid, like mentally. He's just a little kid, and he loves wrestling," Kalicharan said.
Kalicharan said Montalvo's friends have been concerned about Montalvo for a long time.
"He's been arrested multiple times for things normal people don't get arrested for," Kalicharan said.
Kalicharan said he doesn't believe Montalvo would really hurt anyone. He said his friend needed help.
"We didn't think it was going to end up like this. We thought it was a little trespass here, problems there. We didn't know it was going to lead to this," he said.
“Unfortunately a deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property, was involved in an incident with an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy in the parking lot of the WWE Performance Center.
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