Man dies following shooting with Leesburg police officer
LEESBURG, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A man has died following a shooting involving a Leesburg police officer.
It is still unclear what led to the incident which happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning near Euclid Ave. and Lucerne Circle.
According to the Leesburg Police Department, officers James Dunagan and Gustavo Escalante were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a blue Toyota driven by 23-year-old Carlos D. Oquendo.
The officers said Oquendo was driving evasively and turned onto Lucerne Circle from Euclid Street, which is a no outlet road. The officers got out of their patrol car and said they gave repeated commands for Oquendo to exit the car and show his hands. They said he refused.
"At some point during the brief encounter, the driver put the car in reverse and accelerated rapidly toward Officer Dunagan, striking a tree and Officer Escalante's marked patrol vehicle," said Leesburg police Captain Rob Hicks. "Officer Dunagan discharged his department issued firearm at the suspect, striking him at least once."
Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots fired.
"On my computer, doing some Internet surfing, and I hear a single gunshot, so I kind of hit the ground," said neighbor Andrew Smith. "And then I heard six more."
While the officer was unharmed, Oquendo was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he later died.
The specific details surrounding the shooting are still being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.