Man killed by Leesburg police ID'd

FDLE to investigate shooting

LEESBURG, Fla. - Leesburg police shot and killed a man Tuesday morning during an altercation following a traffic stop, officials said.

Carlos Domingo Oquendo was shot around 11 a.m. on Lucerne Circle near Euclid Street in Leesburg.

According to police, officers James Dunagan and Gustavo Escalante were conducting a traffic stop on a blue Toyota that was driving "evasively" and turned onto Lucerne Circle, a dead-end street.

Police said the officers gave repeated commands for the driver, later identified as Oquendo, to exit his vehicle and show his hands, but he refused to comply.

Oquendo then put the car in reverse and accelerated toward Dunagan, striking a tree and Escalante's marked patrol vehicle, Leesburg police said.  Dunagan fired at Oquendo during the incident, striking him at least once, police said.

Oquendo was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Dunagan, who's been with the Leesburg Police Department since 1996, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy after a shooting.  Escalante has been with the department since 2010.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.

Neighbors tell Local 6 they saw a blue car tucked away under the trees and police with their guns drawn.

"The suspect was in the car.  He was kind of like slumped over, guess you would say not moving," Tijuana Jones said.

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