BALDWIN PARK, Fla. - The man accused of shooting at an Orlando police officer in Baldwin Park after receiving a ticket was given no bond at his first appearance on Friday.
63-year-old William Jasper Cates was given a ticket for running a stop sign by Sgt. Kevin Roberson Wednesday afternoon on Fox Street. Cates was charged with attempted homicide on a law enforcement officer, carrying a concealed firearm, discharging a firearm in public, battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on an officer, resisting officer with violence and fleeing an officer.
A short time later, Cates rode back to the area on a motorized scooter. Roberson says Cates then returned a third time on the scooter and intentionally ran a stop sign in front of him, according to police.
When Roberson attempted to stop Cates, who was wearing a ski mask, Cates then crashed, according to police. They said Roberson went over to check on Cates and Cates started to fight Roberson.
According to the arrest report, Roberson punched Gates in the face three times and Gates still tried to get away.
The report says Gates pulled out a gun and fired two shots, missing Roberson, and the struggle continued.
Roberson pulled out his gun, and put it to Gate's head, and ordered him to "drop the gun," according to the report.
Gates listened, but according to the report, Roberson realized the gun was still in arms reach. Roberson got up and kicked Gates in the face, to "stop the deadly force situation," according to the report.
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