OPD intelligence unit: Accused cop killer's Facebook rant made while driving
Report says suspect's gun drawn with police vehicle behind him
ORLANDO, Fla. – An email from an Orlando Police Department intelligence officer to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office intelligence unit reported that accused Kissimmee police killer Everett Miller’s alleged threats to shoot officers were made as he was driving “with gun drawn” and “some sort of law enforcement marked vehicle behind him.”
The email, obtained by News 6 on Tuesday, was issued the same day a one-page officer safety awareness sheet was generated by OPD.
"Please see the attached information reference officer safety. One of our officers saw a 'Facebook Live' post done by Miller. In it, it appeared Miller was driving and there was some sort of law enforcement marked vehicle behind him. Miller stated if the officer pulled him over and got out with his gun drawn, he would kill him. I will publish an officer safety bulletin on Monday but wanted to share the information with you since the residence is located in unincorporated Orange County," the email read.
Capt. Angelo Nieves, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, told News 6 in an email Tuesday that the Sheriff’s Office “… received this information via our intelligence unit, conducted follow-up and made appropriate entries based on the level of information in the bulletin, but it had not been distributed to personnel.”
The OPD intelligence sheet was generated on July 14, nearly a month to the day before the slayings of Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Mathew Baxter, of the Kissimmee Police Department.
The officers were shot at close range during a routine stop near Cypress Street in Kissimmee Friday night.
According to the report, the man now accused of slaying the two officers was on Facebook Live allegedly threatening to shoot the officers.
“If this cop comes out with his gun, I’m going shoot me a cop,” he said in the video.
A law enforcement official familiar with intelligence sharing protocol told News 6 that the Orlando Police Department should have shared the information with CFIX, the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange.
A member of the CFIX board confirmed, “The primary owner of the intelligence is responsible to share the intelligence with all law enforcement agencies.”
OPD made Orange County aware of Miller’s alleged threats because his last known address was in Orange County’s jurisdiction.
It’s not clear why neither agency shared Miller’s alleged threats with CFIX.
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