‘Do not approach:’ Manhunt launched after man opens fire on Orlando police officers

Police exchange gunshots with man near Carter Street, Parramore Avenue

ORLANDO, Fla. – A manhunt is underway Wednesday after a man opened fire on two Orlando police officers, officials said.

Orlando Police Chief Eric Smith said a resident flagged down officers in the area of Carter Street and Parramore Avenue after 11 p.m. Tuesday and told them they were robbed by a gunman.

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The victim gave a description of the culprit, who was located by officers near Conley Street and Short Avenue, Smith said.

The gunman fired multiple rounds at the officers before they got out of their vehicle and returned fire, Smith said.

The assailant dropped his gun and ran away, according to police.

“We were awoken with gunshots and startled,” said resident Reshon Moore. “(He needs to) turn himself in, accept accountability for his actions so that nobody else has to get hurt.”

Moore gave News 6 video from her home camera of police-dog teams searching for the suspect.

“We do not want our community to be stigmatized by this because we are really our trying our best to make sure we build a healthy community,” said Moore.

“To hear gunfire on a random Tuesday night is really shocking,” said neighbor Shaniqua Rose, who said she feels safe in her neighborhood. “It is pretty safe. So I think a lot of us are shocked because that isn’t something we experience down here.”

News 6 has requested body camera video of the incident to try and get more perspective.

Police described the culprit as a Black man, about 6 feet tall, with a “slender, athletic build.” He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and a dark hat.

Smith said the officers involved in the shootout were not injured and are on paid leave, which is standard procedure.

Anyone who sees the man is urged to use caution.

“We are asking the public if they see the suspect, call the police,” Orlando police said in a news release. “Do no approach.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

About the Authors:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!

Jerry Askin is an Atlanta native who came to News 6 in March 2018 with an extensive background in breaking news.