ORLANDO, Florida. – A man “possibly shooting a gun” was shot by officers early Wednesday as he ran towards a car with an innocent bystander inside at a MetroWest apartment complex, according to the Department of Orlando Police.
The department said it received multiple 911 calls around 1 a.m. Wednesday about a suspicious gunman walking around and knocking on the windows of residents of Vista Verde Apartments in the 1300 block of Hiawassee Road.
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When officers arrived at the scene, police said the man – identified as Steffan D. Haskins, 35 – ran with a gun and jumped into the passenger seat of a car with the driver inside.
When officers tried to apprehend the man, police said they shot him.
“They caught up to him as they saw him get into someone’s vehicle, someone was driving in the parking lot, he jumped out of the passenger side of that vehicle. Officers approached him and just then saw a gun. Officers fired multiple rounds at the suspect, striking him to protect the civilian who was still in the vehicle,” Deputy Chief Eric Smith said.
The suspect was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition, officers said.
“At this time, the suspect is in stable condition. He is at the ORMC receiving treatment, and this is just an unfortunate incident, but it is an incident that we have responded to in order to protect our citizens,” Smith said.
Smith said five officers involved in the shooting are now on temporary paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Police said Haskins was charged with carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
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