4 Children Held Hostage In Ongoing Situation, Florida Police Officer Shot

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In Orlando, Florida, a domestic violence situation has erupted into an overnight, tense hostage situation. A police officer who responded to the call has been shot and receiving treatment for what is being reported as a “very serious, significant injury.”

According to a report from Fox News, the Orlando Police Department initially received a call from a concerned woman just before midnight on Sunday evening. An officer was sent to the Westbrook Apartments near Universal Studios and, during an exchange with the suspect, was shot. The suspect subsequently took four children hostage.

“It is a very serious, significant injury,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Monday morning, as Fox News reports. “He is expected to survive.”

Here’s more:

The suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment and took four children — ages 1, 7, 10 and 12 — as hostages, Mina said. He added that the children may have been the suspect’s children.

SWAT was at the scene negotiating with the suspect early Monday morning.

“Our main concern right now is the safety of the children in that apartment,” the police chief told reporters. “Hopefully he peacefully surrenders.”

The incident began after a woman called police saying her boyfriend had beat her. The suspect opened fire when officers attempted to arrest him.

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Orlando Sentinel reports a resident of the complex witnessed some of the events of the incident. Here’s her account:

Judy Pepper, 44, said she lives at the apartment complex and had fallen asleep on her couch after watching the Yankees-Mets game. She said she was startled awake when she heard four loud gunshots.

“It just went, ‘Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop,’’ Pepper said.

Pepper said she looked out her window and saw three people carrying a police officer onto the grass. Other officers arrived and started working on the injured officer, Pepper said.

They cut open his shirt and appeared to put bandages on his neck, Pepper said. Officers put him in a patrol car and sped away, she said.

Other residents were woken up when SWAT emerged onto the scene and alerted them that they had to evacuate the complex, including Jesus Perez, and his 16-year-old son, Santiago. They were woke up just after 1:30 a.m. according to the report

“It startled me,” Santiago said, per Orlando Sentinel. “My father opened up the door. There were about 20 police officers in the hallway. They told us to put some clothes on and get out. They told us to move quickly.”

Some people quickly took to social media to express that they would be praying for the situation and the injured officer:



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