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Second night of officer-involved shootings for Orlando police

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Wednesday evening marked the second time in as many nights that Orlando Police officers have been involved in a shooting incident.

Investigators said it happened as the drug enforcement unit was responding to a complaint. Chief Paul Rooney is defending his officers, calling the actions very disappointing.

"This is the second night in a row that the drug unit with the Orlando Police Department was investigating drug complaints and suspects have pulled guns on the officers," he said.

Chief Rooney said his drug enforcement unit arrived at a home on Arlington Street near Orange Blossom Trail.  As they talked to one man, officers said another person inside pulled a gun on them.  So, they shot back.

"I saw a whole bunch of cops coming out with shotguns and said, yeah, they mean business. It was like consecutive, five consecutive shots.  Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!" one person told FOX 35.

According to investigators another man inside the home failed to listen to officers.  As he reached for his waistband, police fired at him.

"We heard about 5 shots, and then all the cop cars came in and stuff and the ambulances," said another person.

Sgt. Jim Young said the first man threatened officers. "He pulled out the gun and pointed it at the officers. It's still determined on whether he fired it or not."

On Tuesday, officers shot another man in Rosemont after they said he fired at officers, but missed.  Chief Rooney tells us they will continue to investigate drug complaints and do what they have to do to keep the community and his own officers safe.

"The message is clear: If anyone pulls a gun on an Orlando Police officer, we are trained to shoot back which we did tonight."  Rooney said usually there are six officer-involved shootings in one year, yet there were two in the last 24 hours.

The men involved in Wednesday's shooting were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Their conditions are not known and their names have not been released.

No officers were injured.

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