• Body camera worn by fallen Windermere officer was turned off during confrontation


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Investigators are still trying to piece together what drove two teenagers to kill a Windermere police officer before killing themselves.

    Officer Robert German stopped teenagers Brandon Goode, 18, and Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, in the area to question them early Saturday. The two were apparently suicidal and were found dead shortly after the 31-year-old officer was fatally shot.

    Homicide detectives have determined that the body camera worn by German was not turned on for the incident when he stopped the two teenagers. There's no indication that the camera malfunctioned.

    Windermere Police Department's policy states that officers' body cameras are to be recording at all times during official business. It's unclear why German's camera was turned off.

    Channel 9 learned Monday that investigators in Polk County found suicide notes from each of the teenagers last week.

    "They were entered into the system so if someone ran their names they would see they were missing, endangered and suicidal out of Polk County," said Janes Watrel with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    "You'll never see us again," was written in the suicide note, according to authorities.

    Radio transmissions were released Tuesday of Kissimmee police telling dispatch to issue a warning about the teens to law enforcement across central Florida.

    Radio transmission: "We're not following the car. He took off. I got his ID. I'll call the detective. Just BOLO the county and everybody. They're supposedly suicidal. They left a note. I'll call the detective from Polk County back."

    Police did not pursue the teens, but a warrant was issued for their arrest for fleeing the traffic stop.

    The pair ditched their vehicle at a bank in Kissimmee before heading to Windermere where they each committed suicide, after killing German, according to officials.

    Goode's father told WFTV he's planning to make a public statement regarding his son's actions in the near future.

    Several residents gathered at a makeshift memorial Monday night that's been set up near where German was fatally shot early Saturday morning near Conroy Windermere Road and Apopka Vineland Road.

    Brian Weaver said he never knew the officer, but he can relate to the loss.

    "I think it's very sad. I lost my brother in the line of duty, he was a cop too and it brought back memories. I know what his family is going through," Weaver said. "That's what resonated most, he's a young kid. He had his whole life ahead of him."

    Resident Tricia Joseph and her mother stopped by the memorial to leave flowers and a blue ribbon.

    "He always would say 'Is everything OK?' He'd just come out and be very social, friendly," Joseph said.

    Many people in the Windermere community have said they're struggling with the loss of a police officer.

    "My heart sank when they said 'killed,' just so sad," Joseph said.

    More details surrounding the officer's murder are expected to be released as the investigation continues.

    German's funeral is set for Thursday. 

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