Recent shooting deaths of teen, toddler stem from gang feuds, Orange County sheriff says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Just 24 hours after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in Orange County, a toddler was shot in the head and his life was cut short, Sheriff John Mina said. He says the community lost these young lives because of the increasing gang violence in the county and the young members that continue to join them. “There are some very violent gangs here at work in Orange County. [WATCH BELOW: 14-year-old killed, 15-year-old critically injured in Orange County shooting]“One of the Army Gang members was at the daycare center picking up his children,” Sgt. Some of the rounds missed his car, struck the daycare center and went through the walls of the daycare center.
How the Orange County Sheriff’s Office keeps up with the growth in Central Florida
Orange County Sheriff John Mina is in charge of one of the largest offices in the state, being responsible for one million residents plus the 72 million tourists each year. News 6 is committed to taking weekly looks at the growth in Central Florida, with a series called “Boomtown.”RELATED: News 6 political analyst previews the Democratic presidential primaries on ‘The Weekly’ | Orlando attorney Matt Morgan pushes for raising minimum wage in 2020On Sunday, News 6 anchor Justin Warmoth sat down with Sheriff Mina on “The Weekly.” Mina says that even though population growth brings obvious challenges, one of the positive effects is that his agency doesn’t have a problem recruiting new deputies. To watch more segments from “The Weekly” click or tap here.
Attorney for deputy accused of pointing gun at Lyft driver claims self defense
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said on Monday that if the allegations of aggravated assault with a firearm against now-suspended Deputy Troy Heyer are true, he will fire him. [PREVIOUS: Deputy arrested for pointing gun at Lyft driver, police say]The Lyft driver told police he had dropped off Heyer at his Lake Nona-area home and sat in Heyer’s driveway to file a complaint with Lyft when Heyer approached with a gun, according to the report, and asked, “What are you doing here?”The Lyft driver said he feared for his life. “Troy Heyer stated he did not know anything about the incident and that we woke him up,” police wrote. “Troy Heyer stated he used Uber or Lyft to get home. Lyft released the following statement regarding the incident:“Safety is fundamental to Lyft and we have a strict no weapons policy.