Orange County deputy shoots suspected burglar, seek more suspects

By Julie Gargotta, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:32 PM EDT

An 18-year-old is in custody after a burglary, deputy-involved shooting and a chase in the College Park area of Orlando on Thursday.

  • 911 call came in as burglary in progress in College Park area
  • Lockdowns at 5 schools were lifted at about 1:45 p.m. Thursday
  • Deputies: 1 person shot and in custody; at least 1 other fled scene

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the incident began around 11 a.m. when someone called deputies to say a home on the 1300 block of Malone Drive, in the Kingswood Manor subdivision off Lee Road, was being burglarized.

Arriving deputies said they saw two people getting into a white, four-door Lexus in the driveway. Deputies confronted the two — one person fled; the other, already in the vehicle, ignored deputies' commands, according to Capt. Angelo Nieves, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

“The suspect gunned the vehicle and drove at the deputy. The deputy fired, fearing for his safety," Nieves said.

George Georgiev, who lives down the street, said the gunshots were loud.

“It sounded like pops. It could be a firecracker, it could be gunshots, I don’t know," Georgiev said. “I heard them inside. It goes to tell you it was kind of loud.”

Deputies said the car sped south down Goddard Avenue, only stopping about three and a half miles south in bustling College Park.

“It came in at a very high speed, and two guys came out of the car," said Rafael Perez, who said he saw deputies pull up to the second scene, minutes later. “It’s a scary situation to see something like that in this neighborhood.”

“We know we have at least two individuals who were involved. One is in custody at this point and at the hospital," Nieves said.

Myron Evans, 18, was shot at the second scene, but his injuries are non life-threatening. He was taken Orlando Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds. No deputies were injured in either shooting.

The deputy who shot Evans, Cpl. Anthony Shea, has been with the Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He has been placed on administrative duties for now, per standard procedure in deputy shootings.

Investigators think the white Lexus was stolen from the Belle Isle area. By Thursday afternoon, it remained in the spot where its occupants ditched it by Yale Street and Edgewater Drive, its back window shattered and riddled with bullets.

Five schools were on lockdown for law enforcement activity, but all lockdowns were lifted as of 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies are still trying to determine whether there were more than two people they're looking for.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been called in to investigate the deputy-involved shooting.