BREAKING: Ocoee PD searching for suspect in officer-involved shooting

An Ocoee police officer shot at a suspect in a silver vehicle that was approaching the police cruiser head-on near Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

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The Ocoee Police Department is searching for a suspect who fled from an officer on Tuesday, Feb. 27, after speeding head-on toward the officer inside his police cruiser. The officer involved in the incident shot at the vehicle. 

"Earlier this morning around about 10:20 a.m. one of our officers was doing traffic enforcement on Clarcona-Ocoee (Road) and was attempting to catch up to a vehicle that was speeding," acting Ocoee Police Chief Vince Ogburn said at a press conference. 

"As he was attempting to catch up to him, the vehicle turned down one of the side streets, and as the officer made his turn to go down the side street, he noticed the vehicle coming at him head-on. The officer discharged his weapon and the vehicle left the scene. Right now we don't have a tag. We don't have any suspects or his vehicle. All we have is a silver-type vehicle, and what we're asking is if anybody knows anything related to this or sees a vehicle that possibly has bullet holes in it, please give us a call. We at least want to make sure that we don't have anybody injured as a result of this incident."

Ogburn confirms the side streets he said the incident occurred on were in a residential neighborhood, although they do not know exactly which one.

"We're trying to canvass the neighborhood where (we found the officer) stopped ... to see if anybody has any residential cameras to help us to kind of piece the puzzle together," Ogburn said. 

He also confirmed the officer discharged his weapon from inside the cruiser. Ocoee PD is unsure how many people were in the vehicle and if the suspect was hurt during the shooting. 

The officer involved in the shooting, who was unnamed, is a police veteran of more than 10 years and is on paid leave while the police department investigates the incident. 

Chief Ogburn's message to those driving in the Ocoee area is to give officers a chance to do the right thing when they pull you over.

"If somebody does that, they don't have a good intent," Ogburn said. "We don't know if the vehicle was stolen or not, but for the average person who is going to do the right thing, just stop and pull over. It could be a citation. We don't know what your story is. ... We don't know but give us a chance to figure that out."

If you have any information concerning this incident, Ocoee PD is asking you to call the department at (407) 905-3160. 



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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