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PostSubject: Officer shot, 4 children held hostage in Orlando   Officer shot, 4 children held hostage in Orlando Icon_minitimeMon Jun 11, 2018 4:57 pm

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Orlando police have identified the man suspected of shooting an officer before taking several children hostage inside an apartment near Universal Orlando as 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr.

Police Chief John Mina gave an update on the case at 3 p.m. as the standoff stretched beyond 14 hours. Mina said hostage negotiators had been in contact with Lindsey about five times since the early hours of Monday morning, but hadn’t been able to convince him to surrender.

“We are urging him to release those children and help this situation come to a peaceful resolution,” Mina said.

The Orlando Police Department said the suspect currently has four children as hostages, ages 1, 6, 10 and 11. Initial information was that two of the children are Lindsey’s, while two are the victim’s, the police chief said.

Asked if authorities could be sure the children were still alive, Mina said, “We have no information otherwise.”

“Yes, we believe they’re still alive at this time,” Mina added.

Officer Kevin Valencia was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery. Mina told reporters the officer,who is in his late 20s, was in critical condition but was expected to live.

“It is a very serious, significant injury,” Mina said. “He is expected to survive.”

Mina said the shooting happened after officers responded at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday to a woman who reported being battered by Lindsey at the Westbrook Apartments. The woman had run out of the apartment and went to a nearby restaurant on Kirkman Road to call police, according to sources.

Officers tried to arrest Lindsey at a second-story unit, when a shootout began and Valencia was shot, Mina said.

A SWAT team is at the Westbrook complex trying to negotiate with Lindsey.

“Hopefully he peacefully surrenders,” Mina said. He cautioned residents to stay away from the area.

Mina said at least one officer returned fire during the exchange.

He said it was unknown whether Lindsey was hit.

“We believe he’s still alive at this time,” Mina said.

Records show Lindsey is currently on probation stemming from a 2008 arrest in Volusia County on charges of arson of a dwelling and willful fleeing or eluding law enforcement. Jail records show Lindsey has been booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail more than a half-dozen times since 2004.

He was also arrested on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault in Orange County in 2012, records show, but prosecutors opted not to file charges in that case.

The Westbrook Apartments are located at 4932 Eaglesmere Dr., off Kirkman Road.

Judy Pepper, 44, said she lives at the apartment complex, in the unit just below the suspect’s apartment. She 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.

She then heard someone screaming and then a loud commotion near the stairwell.

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.

“Hell, yes, I was absolutely terrified,’’ Pepper said. “It just startled me awake, and I had no idea what was going on.’’

Pepper and other residents were told to vacate the complex, and they were moved to a nearby McDonald’s, then to a Holiday Inn.

Another resident, 58-year-old Steven Martinez was in the bathroom, preparing to go to bed, when he said he heard shots being fired.

“I got scared, and I called 911,’’ Martinez said.

When police arrived, they told everyone in that apartment building to leave, Martinez said. He said SWAT personnel were in the parking lot.

Another resident, Jesus Perez, and his 16-year-old son, Santiago, were sleeping when they heard a loud knock at their door after midnight.

“It startled me,’’ Santiago said. “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.’’

Santiago said he would often see the suspect and the woman arguing in the parking lot of the complex.

OPD is not releasing the name of the suspect.

“We’ve been through this before,” Mina said. “It’s hard. It’s very traumatic when your officer is shot in the line of duty.”

At Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orange County corrections employee Thomas Newmann sat in the back of a black pickup truck with a waving Thin Blue Line flag in support of police.

“There need to be more people present because I think morale is low,” said Newmann, who added he had been awake for 16 hours straight and headed to the hospital to show his support. “The more people that show, it gives officers a feeling of worth, satisfaction, purpose.”

Newmann said he knew of the OPD officer who was injured and that he had been on the force just under two years.“There’s things that [officers] do, out of their own pocket, out of their own time, out of their own duty that people would be shocked if they knew,” he said.

Meanwhile, Martinez waited to return to his apartment on Monday morning.

“We don’t know when it will end,” he said while standing in the McDonald’s parking lot with other residents.

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PostSubject: Re: Officer shot, 4 children held hostage in Orlando   Officer shot, 4 children held hostage in Orlando Icon_minitimeTue Jun 12, 2018 6:57 am

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One man and four children are dead after an over 20-hour standoff, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said during a press conference Monday.

Mina said officers were in contact with Gary Lindsey Jr., directly and indirectly, by phone throughout the day after he shot an officer Sunday night around 11:45 p.m. and barricaded himself in an apartment with the four children, ages 1, 6, 10 and 11. At one point, Mina said, officers tried to give Lindsey another phone, and during the exchange saw that one of the children was dead.

Officers entered the apartment around 9 p.m. Monday, Mina said, and found that all the children held hostage were dead. Mina said two children are believed to be Lindsey's and two are his girlfriend's.

"We have no idea when those poor children lost their lives, that will all be part of the investigation," Mina said. He added that law enforcement had worked all day to bring the standoff to a peaceful resolution, but unfortunately it was a "tragic and sad" ending.

FUCK! I was hoping for a much different outcome. Sad
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