• 'It doesn't look good,' mom says to son jailed after livestreaming shootout with deputies

    By: Megan Cruz


    ORLANDO, Fla. - A man who deputies said livestreamed a shootout on Instagram has claimed he didn't have a gun in newly revealed jail calls.

    In the calls, Laforest Gray tells his mother it was his phone that officials are saying is a gun.

    His mom doesn't seem to believe him.

    "I'm just going to be honest with you," his mother says. "It doesn't look good."

    At one point, Gray asks his mom what the news showed.

    "You're doing your livestream and then you turn and then that's when you pull a gun from from your side and you fire first," his mother says in the call.

    Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said they recovered a gun at the scene after neighbors reported seeing Gray pulling a woman by the hair in the street at the Citra at the Windemere apartment complex. 

    Investigators said upon deputies arrival, Gray pulled out a handgun, fired at deputies during a domestic violence incident and captured video of the shootout on his Instagram account.

    Gray previously told a judge it was all part of a sexual adventure between him and his wife. 

    Gray was in court Friday morning trying get a judge to give him a new attorney to defend him against 12 charges, including the attempted murder of two deputies. 

    In court, Gray told the judge he doesn't think his public defender is representing him properly, claiming he's only seen her four times since he's been in jail.

    The judge denied his request.

    "Nothing you are telling me is giving me grounds to discharge her and I don't want you under represented," the judge said.

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