Orlando police officer shoots man while clearing block party
Five people treated for gunshot wounds after someone fired shots, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando police officer shot a man early Sunday after several people opened fire while officers were clearing a crowd of up to 300 people at a block party, authorities said.
The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, which was reported near Randall Street and Westmoreland Drive.
The officer was not injured.
Officers were called to the area for a noise complaint. Orlando police said the organizers did not have a permit for the block party, amplified music or alcohol.
The crowd would not leave the area and organizers refused to shut off the music, according to OPD. While officers were attempting to clear people, multiple shots were fired.
"As officers responded, getting here to (control) the crowd, there were multiple shots from inside the crowd, by several different shooters," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.
Police on horseback surrounded the streets while other officers had their guns drawn, Mina said. One of those officers saw a man with a gun, he said.
"The suspect pointed the gun at him, and that's when the officer shot at the suspect," Mina said.
Officer Michael Ragsdale, who fired his service weapon, has been with OPD since March 2015.
Police said two men and two women were also treated fro gunshot wounds.
Police arrested Armoni R. Forster, 20, on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer. Orlando police said Forster's .40-caliber gun was located.
"It was nice. Just a good party," said a man named Marcus, who declined to give his last name.
Marcus said he ran inside his home after he heard the gunshots.
"When I came back out the house, I saw a thousand police, and I was like, 'Uh oh.' Somebody must have got hurt," he said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and OPD internal affairs will investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.
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