Orange County

Police identify suspect accused of shooting at Orlando officers during traffic stop

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police have identified the man they say fired at deputies during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Police said Carlos Roberts Jr., 28, shot at two Orlando police officers when they tried to pull him over for passing their unmarked car at a high rate of speed in a no-passing zone.


Police Chief Orlando Rolón said the officers returned fire and the driver fled the scene near Mercy Drive and WD Judge Drive around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Neither of the officers was injured. Police said Roberts Jr. fled the scene and crashed his car not far from the shooting and was taken to a local hospital for his injuries.

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As of Thursday, police said Roberts Jr. is in stable condition.

Officers said Roberts Jr. is charged with one count of fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer with lights and sirens activated; two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm; and five counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

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Sarah Wilson

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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.