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Officer fires at teen in stolen vehicle who tried to run him over, Ocoee police say

Officer, suspect uninjured in shooting, crash

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy in a stolen vehicle plowed into an officer's motorcycle Tuesday morning, prompting that officer to fire at the suspect, according to the Ocoee Police Department.

Authorities said an officer was conducting an unrelated traffic stop at 8:44 a.m. when he saw a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parts on Apopka Vineland Road.

"(The officer) realized the vehicle was running and it wasn't occupied, so that piqued his interest and ran the tag," Ocoee Police Deputy Chief Stephen McCosker said. "He just knew something was out of place and that's how we were able to go ahead and make this contact." 

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As the officer was investigating, the driver of the stolen vehicle, 17-year-old Rosner Oscar, drove straight into the officer, his motorcycle and the vehicle that was involved in the original traffic stop, according to a news release.

"We believe he thought the officer was there specifically for him and fled the scene, hitting the officer, the motorcycle and the car that was stopped at the traffic stop," McCosker said.  

In the aftermath of the crash, the officer shot at the suspect, officials said. Oscar, the officer and the driver of the vehicle involved in the traffic stop were not injured in the shooting or crash.

After fleeing the parking lot, Oscar drove about half a mile south along Apopka Vineland Road before hitting two more vehicles and a telephone pole, according to officers. That's when an Orange County deputy was able to arrest Oscar. 

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The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not been released.

The sedan Oscar was driving appears to have been stolen yesterday from a 7-Eleven convenience store located across the street from that Advance Discount Auto Parts parking lot, according to police.  


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