• 2 found dead near Windermere officer who was killed ID'd


    WINDERMERE, Fla. - Authorities have identified the two teenagers who may have been involved in the fatal shooting of a Windermere police officer.

    Robert German was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center early Saturday morning after being shot, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

    Authorities said German was checking on two suspicious individuals, Brandon Goode, 18, and Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, both of Davenport.

    They said the pair was walking on the street at Conroy Windermere Road and Horizon Circle when German called for back up.

    Four Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies, one Orlando police officer and one Ocoee police officer responded to the call.

    They found German shot and lying on the ground, before they heard more gunfire, authorities said.

    They shielded themselves with their vehicles, moved German to safety and got him help.

    The teenagers were found dead nearby on the Isleworth Realty office property in what was likely suicide, said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

    Their official cause of death has not been released.

    Crime scene technicians examined a gun found at the scene.

    Windermere officers wear body cameras, and German's may have captured the entire confrontation and shooting.

    German, 31, had been with the Windermere Police Department for five years and had returned to work after four months of light duty because of an injury, authorities said.

    In 2011 German was investigated and then cleared after opening fire on a vehicle in the city's first officer-involved shooting in 40 years, according to Channel 9's Anthony DiLorenzo.

    A Lake Mary High School graduate, German's position at the police department was his first police job, DiLorenzo tweeted.

    German is survived by his parents and law enforcement family.

    "There's a real hole in our hearts right now," said Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn.

    “German was one of the best officers on the force and loved what he did,” said Windermere Police Chief Dave Ogden at Saturday morning's press conference.

    "Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers go out to the family at this time and will continue," Ogden said.

    Bruhn reached out to German’s family.

    “I spent time with his family, and one thing his mother shared was he loved being an officer and working in Windermere,” Bruhn said.

    Goode was arrested in October 2012 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

    German was honored in January for his five years of service to Windermere.

    As news spread of his death, friends and loved ones flooded the officer’s Facebook with messages of heartbreak and condolence.

    According to his social media page, German attended Seminole State College.

    Last month when the Orange County Sheriff’s Office lost a deputy in the line of duty German posted a badge with a black mourning band.

    His family expressed concern for his own safety, writing, “I worry about you too, but grandma and papa are always watching over you and protecting you. I love you.”

    Windermere town officials released a statement expressing condolences on behalf of the city.

    This is the first time Windermere has dealt with this type of tragedy, but it’s the third act of violence against an officer in the past year.

    Last month Orange County Deputy Jonathan Pine was shot and killed about a half a mile away from where Saturday morning’s shooting occurred.

    And Orlando police officer Jason Hajeck was shot last year doing a routine stop, but survived.

    Demings said it’s a sad reminder that when law enforcement officers go to work every day, they’re risking their lives.

    “It’s a tone of the times,” Demings said. “Gun violence is still very real and mental illness is still a significant issue for us in the community.”

    The Sheriff’s Office and other agencies have said in emails and social media that they will do whatever they can for the department.

    Sunday Windermere leaders asked residents to place a blue ribbon on their mailbox or light pole beginning through April 21, 2014 to honor the police department and German.

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