Orlando Police officer, man exchange gunfire

By Bailey Myers, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017, 10:15 AM EDT

An Orlando Police bicycle officer exchanged gunfire with a man Monday morning.

  • Officer unhurt after exchanging gunfire with man
  • Bicycle cop stopped man described as acting suspiciously
  • Officer not hurt; man incurred non-life threatening injuries

The police officer involved was not injured.

According to authorities, a bicycle officer stopped a man they said was acting suspiciously near North Orange Blossom Trail and Clarcona Ocoee Road at 2:30 a.m.    

During their interaction, witnesses told police man fired on the officer, and there was an exchange of gunfire. The man was shot but ran off. 

A foot pursuit began as more officers arrived. 

The man was found in a field just north of the shopping plaza at OBT and Clarcona. 

"At some point, there was an exchange of gunfire," said Chief John Mina, describing the police stop. "We were told by witnesses that the suspect was shooting at our officer, and he returned fire."

There was no information on what caused the bicycle officer to stop the man or why gunshots were exchanged. 

The man incurred non-life-threatening injuries. No information about him has been released.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave per standard procedure in shootings involving officers. The investigation is being handled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.