Orange County

Man injured after opening fire on Orlando officers during traffic stop, chief says

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two Orlando police officers were shot at Wednesday afternoon when they tried to pull over a car that passed them at a high rate of speed in a no-passing zone, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said.

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Rolón said before the officers could get out of their car, a person inside the car shot at them. Rolón said the officers returned fire and the driver fled the scene near Mercy Drive and WD Judge Drive around 2 p.m.

Neither of the officers were injured and are both now on paid administrative leave.

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Rolón said the driver crashed their car not far from the shooting and was taken to a local hospital for their injuries. He said a weapon was found in the car.

Rolón said the investigation into the shooting has been handed over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

See a timeline of updates below:

4 p.m. update

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3:15 p.m. update

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said two Orlando police officers were shot at Wednesday afternoon when they tried to pull over a car that passed them at a high rate of speed in a no-passing zone.

Rolón said before the officers could get out of their car, a person inside the car shot at them. Rolón said the officers returned fire and the driver fled the scene.

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Neither of the officers were injured.

Rolón said the driver crashed their car not far from the shooting and was taken to a local hospital for their injuries. He said a weapon was found in the car.

2:55 p.m. update:

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2:40 p.m. update:

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2:30 p.m. update:

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ORIGINAL STORY: Police said the shooting was reported near the intersection of Mercy Drive and WD Judge Drive around 2 p.m.

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Officers are asking people to avoid the area.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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