One of the suspects who critically injured two police officers in Orlando during a traffic stop was found and shot by law enforcement.
The man was identified as a 28-year-old Daton Shimondrea Viel who was found at a hotel in the Universal Studios tourist area.
He was shot and killed by an Orlando Police SWAT team, according to the police chief, Eric Smith, at a press conference.
Smith explained that the suspect barricaded himself inside the Holiday Inn hotel in the Caravan Court in the vicinity of the Universal Orlando complex, where he began shooting at SWAT team members.
The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) was on the lookout for a 28-year-old man due to a traffic stop-homicide.
One of the occupants opened fire on the police officers, then stole another vehicle, and began a chase.
According to Spectrun News 13, both officers were taken to a hospital, where they were in a critical condition.
In addition, the mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, informed through social networks that he was visiting the families of both the officers.
Our police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe. Last night two @OrlandoPolice officers were shot during a proactive stop doing just that. I visited the officers and their families this morning and shared our community’s support with them.
— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) August 5, 2023
Our police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe. Last night two
@OrlandoPolice officers were shot during a proactive stop doing just that. I visited the officers and their families this morning and shared our community’s support with them.
On the other hand, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed his wish for police officers to recover soon, and that he was praying for them along with First Lady, Casey DeSantis.
.@CaseyDeSantis and I are praying for the officers, their families and the entire @OrlandoPolice. Our brave men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect.
The perpetrator must face harsh justice.https://t.co/fEfo5e2XWr
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 5, 2023
According to police information, the second suspect had no direct involvement in the shooting that injured officers. Police Chief Eric Smith said that the two Orlando police officers were in a critical condition, but still recovering.