Orange County

Officer fatally shoots man who pointed gun at him at Baldwin Park townhome

ORLANDO, Fla. — A police officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him at a townhome in the Baldwin Park development Wednesday evening, the Orlando Police Department said.

Police said they were called shortly before 8:30 p.m. to a home on Baldwin Park Street near Lake Baldwin Lane after a woman reported that her husband, Adam Robertson, had armed himself during an argument.

Investigators said they tried to speak with Robertson, but he emerged from the home with the gun, pointing it at officers.

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Orlando police Officer Mike Zambito then shot Robertson, killing him.

Zambito, who has worked for the agency for 14 years, is on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol in shootings involving police officers.

Robertson’s wife and 10-month-old child were unharmed in the shooting.

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“The loss of a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, and we deeply empathize with Mr. Robertson’s family,” the agency said in a statement. “Officers also called in a victims’ advocate, who responded last night, to make sure mom and baby had services and support during this time.”

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Police said they were called to the home in August when a construction worker became uncomfortable after noticing Robertson sleeping in a lounge chair with a gun on his lap.

The worker said Robertson’s newborn son was crying in another room while Robertson slept, a report said.

Police said they spoke with Robertson, who told them that he hired the construction workers to do a flooring job in the kitchen and had to move the refrigerator, which is where he typically kept his gun.

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