A man suspected of battering his girlfriend shot an Orlando police officer who responded to a domestic violence call and then barricaded himself with four young children, according to reports.
The woman left the apartment near the Universal Orlando theme park late Sunday and alerted authorities to the assault, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.
The suspect fired at officers who were trying to arrest him early Monday at the Westbrook Apartments on Eaglesmere Drive, police said.
“It is a very serious, significant injury,” Mina said about the unidentified cop, who was taken Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. “He is expected to survive.”
At least one officer returned fire during the exchange, but it was unclear whether the suspect was hit, Mina said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The children being held in the standoff are 1, 7, 10 and 12 years old. Mina said it was unclear whether all the children are the suspect’s.
Steven Martinez, 58, a resident of the apartment complex, was preparing to go to bed about 1 a.m. when he said he heard shots being fired.
“I got scared, and I called 911,’’ Martinez told the Sentinel at a McDonald’s about a quarter-mile north of the Westbrook Apartments as a SWAT team was trying to negotiate with the suspect.
“We have spoken with him a couple of times, and he’s hung up the phone a couple of times,” Mina said about the suspect, who has a criminal history, according to clickorlando.com.
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