ORLANDO, Florida — An Orange County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man while shooting two others, including one fatally, at an Orange Blossom Trail hotel in Orlando Saturday afternoon, Undersheriff Mark Canty said.
Emergency services responded to reports of shots fired at Heritage Hotel, 7900 South Orange Blossom Trail, around 12:36 p.m. When the OCSO arrived, they found a man who had been shot and another man with a gun.
OCSO officers asked the man with the gun to drop the weapon, but he refused. A deputy then shot the suspect, Canty said at a news conference.
Shortly after the OCSO agent shot the man with the gun, they found another man who had been shot before the officers arrived. All three have been taken to hospital.
One of the gunshot victims and the man shot by the deputy sheriff died, according to an OCSO press release. The other gunshot victim is still in hospital, but his condition is unknown. It is not clear who shot the two victims.
The deputy who shot the man with the gun will be given paid administrative leave until the preliminary investigation is completed, which is standard procedure, Canty said.
“Every time someone pulls out a gun and starts shooting at other people indiscriminately, the whole community is threatened,” Canty said.
The shooting is still under investigation. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.