Two teenagers identified as being involved in the killing of a Windermere police officer on Sunday morning nearly ran down some pedestrians while fleeing a Kissimmee police officer just two days earlier, according to an incident report released by the Kissimmee Police Department on Monday.
Brandon Goode, 18, and Alexandria "Alex" Hollinghurst, 17, were considered missing and endangered after authorities said the two had composed and left behind suicide notes. The two have been linked to the fatal shooting of Windermere Police Officer Robert German early Sunday morning.
Around 10 a.m. on Friday morning, while handling a request by a Polk County sheriff's detective to be on the lookout for Goode and Hollinghurst, the Kissimmee police officer said he encountered the two teens in the parking lot of a Walgreen's in the area of John Young Parkway and U.S. Highway 192.
Cpl. E. Martinez said he approached a 2003 silver Isuzu Rodeo with two occupants and later identified Goode as the one behind the wheel after checking his driver's license. As a second Kissimmee police officer arrived at the scene, Cpl. Martinez said Goode put the keys in the ignition, started the car and then drove "erratically through the parking lot with wanton disregard for pedestrians... nearly striking a family walking through the parking lot with a child in a stroller."
According to the report, Goode exited the parking lot onto a busy U.S. Highway 192, cutting off several cars and weaving through lanes.
At that point, an arrest warrant was obtained for Goode, charging him with one of count of resisting an officer without violence and one count of reckless driving. Goode had a previous arrest on February 24 for misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by person under 21, and possession of paraphernalia.
Goode and Hollinghurst are "officially considered suspects" in the killing of German, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Monday. After the officer's fatal shooting, the pair apparently fatally shot themselves, deputies said.
At 9 a.m. Monday morning, the vehicle belonging to Goode and Hollinghurst was located in the parking lot of Florida Bank of Commerce on U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee.
Investigators said that, while the two teens died from what are believed to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds, they are awaiting the Medical Examiner's findings for the exact causes of their deaths.
Deputies said the contents of the suicide notes will not be revealed at this time, as the investigation is active and open.
German, 31, was a Windermere officer for five years. Visitation for German will occur 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood. Funeral services will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at Northland. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Lake Mary.
A Robert German Memorial Fund has been established, with all proceeds going to Officer German's family. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank worldwide:
Robert German Memorial Fund Acct# 1087891923