Undercover agent shoots man after drug deal at Longwood gas station, deputies say

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

LONGWOOD, Fla. - An undercover agent shot a man in a vehicle after a drug deal at a Longwood gas station Thursday afternoon, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the shooting happened at a Chevron at the 2500 block of West State Road 434 before 2:30 p.m.

The man was shot after refusing to comply with the undercover agent's request to get out of a black SUV, according to authorities. Officials have not said if the man who was shot had a weapon.

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Deputies said the man was alert and conscious when first responders arrived. They described his injuries as non-life-threatening. A woman who was in the SUV also suffered minor injuries, law enforcement officials said.

Laverne Frances said her son, 29-year-old Adesho Frances, is the man who was shot. She rushed the gas station when she heard heard what happened. Deputies have not confirmed the suspect's identity.

"Regardless to what was going on over here, I don’t think he should have been shot through a window, I really don’t think so. You can’t just shoot somebody down like they're animals, they're not animals -- they're humans no matter what they’re doing," Laverne Frances said, adding that her son is in surgery.

A man who works nearby said he heard four gunshots.

"Pah pah pah, pah. It was a one and then like three behind it," Jeffrey Berry said. 

The undercover agent works for a drug task force that is part of a multi-agency operation in Seminole County known as the City-County Investigative Bureau.

The undercover agent has been placed on paid leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting, which is standard procedure.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

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