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Officer involved in shooting in Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood

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A police officer was the target of a shooting in Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood, investigators say.  The incident happened around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Fox Street and Juel Ave.

Sgt. Kevin Roberson, a 19-year-old veteran of the force, did not return fire, according to Orlando Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Young.

According to a police report, the officer was working a traffic enforcement detail in full uniform in Baldwin Park. He conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and issued a citation to 63-year-old William Jasper Cates.  A short time later, investigators said Cates returned, driving a motorized scooter and wearing a mask, and intentionally ran through a stop sign directly in front of the officer.

The officer attempted to stop Cates, who then crashed his scooter. The officer approached Cates and the two became involved in a physical altercation.  The officer said that, during the struggle, Cates pulled out a gun and fired.  The officer was eventually able to restrain Cates as he waited for back-up support.

Neither the officer, nor Cates received gunshot wounds. Cates was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.  He faces several charges, including attempted murder on an officer.


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