MELBOURNE, Fla. – A police officer was shot during an investigation at a hotel near the Melbourne Orlando International Airport Friday afternoon, according to the Melbourne Police Department.
Melbourne police said they responded to a call for service at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel near the airport just before 5 p.m.
Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie confirmed there were people barricaded in a hotel room, and in the course of trying to communicate with one of them, a police officer was shot.
Police said the officer was wearing his bulletproof vest. He was transported to an area hospital and was later released Saturday, identified by the department as K-9 Officer Gregory Hughes.
According to a preliminary news release, the two occupants of the room involved in the shooting surrendered and were taken into custody. In an update Saturday, the department announced one arrest: Lukas Alves, 28. The other individual — who remains publicly unidentified at the time of this report — has since been interviewed and released, according to a department spokesperson.
Alves faces charges of using/displaying a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting into an occupied dwelling and three counts of attempted first-degree premeditated murder.
He is being held at the Brevard County jail and his first appearance occurred around 10:07 a.m. Saturday. The state asked that no bond be granted for the murder charges due to their law enforcement officer enhancements, which a judge obliged; a $20,000 bond was issued for each of the two remaining charges. Alves’ next court date was scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 11.
Melbourne police said two officers fired their weapons during the incident; both were placed on administrative duties for the course of the investigation.
Hughes is a 26-year veteran of the department, police said.
Dispatch audio from the incident was released, which News 6 has attached below.
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