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Man accused of shooting at Orlando officer's patrol car

Officer not hit by gunfire, police say

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was arrested early Saturday after an Orlando police officer said the occupants of an SUV shot at his patrol car, police said.

The community service officer was sitting in his car at the front of the OPD substation on Primrose Avenue around 4:30 a.m. when he heard multiple gun shots, officers said. Police said the officer saw a green Ford Explorer seconds later heading south on Primrose near East Colonial Drive.

The officer said the occupants of the Explorer then fired several shots from inside the vehicle and believed they were shooting at him, Orlando police said. He took cover and called for backup.

Based on the vehicle description the officer provided, another officer spotted the Explorer while trying to get onto State Road 408 at Bumby Avenue, police said. Police followed the SUV until they stopped it on South Orange Blossom Trail.

Officers said they found spent shell casings and a gun. Three men were detained and Eduardo Palacios, 28, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, improper exhibition of a weapon or firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, according to an arrest report.

Bullet holes were found in the fences at the station, police said. The officer was not injured during the incident.


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