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Orange County sheriff's deputies shoot man during domestic dispute

Man taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in stable condition


ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County sheriff's deputies shot a man late Tuesday while investigating a domestic dispute near the University of Central Florida.

The man, identified by authorities as Joseph Heid IV, 38, survived the shooting, which happened around 11:20 p.m. on Holbrook Drive near Dean Road. Heid is being charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after police say it was determined Heid fired at deputies during their initial investigation.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the home before 10 p.m. for a domestic battery incident involving a man, woman and their adult son. 

Officials said Heid initially refused to leave his home. When he came out, he was carrying a rifle. At least one deputy opened fire, striking Heid near his stomach, the Sheriff's Office said.

Heid suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and was taken Orlando Regional Medical Center, officials said. He was in stable condition and underwent surgery, according to the Sheriff's Office.

It's not known how many shots were fired by deputies. No deputies were injured in the shooting.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the deputy-involved shooting.

The deputies involved were identified as DCF Mark Rutkoski, who has been with OCSO for 5 years; Deputy Johnerick Sanchez, who has been with OCSO for 1 year; Deputy Joseph Kramer, who has been with OCSO for 2 years; Deputy Forrest Best, who has been with OCSO for 2.5 years and Deputy Patrick Lewis, who has been with OCSO for 8 years.

The five deputies have been placed on administrative leave.