An Orlando police officer suffered a “very serious and significant injury” late Sunday when he was shot while responding to a domestic violence dispute at an apartment complex, where a standoff with hostages is underway, Chief John Mina said.
Orlando police swarmed the Westbrook Apartments near Universal Orlando, and a standoff is underway with a man who has barricaded himself while holding four children, ages 1 to 12, hostage, Mina said. The officer, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery and is expected to survive, Mina said.
According to Mina, a woman called the police and met them near the complex and said her boyfriend had beaten her. As officers made contact with the man outside the apartment, gunfire was exchanged, and the officer was struck, Mina said.
At least one OPD officer fired at the suspect, but it’s not known if the man was shot, said Mina, who added that officers are working to negotiate a peaceful resolution.
“We have spoken with him a couple of times, and he’s hung up the phone a couple of times,” said Mina, who added that the safety of the children is top priority.
UPDATE: Police say the suspect and four children have all been found dead at the home.