A man is dead after being shot by an Orlando police officer following a foot chase and altercation during the overnight hours.
Orlando police officers were dispatched to the Watauga Woods Apartments around 1:02 a.m. Friday in reference to several people fighting near the pool area of the complex.
The first officer that arrived to the area made contact with one of the individuals, who ran away from the scene after the officer arrived.
The officer was able to catch up with the suspect, identified as Albert Joseph Davis, and what Chief John Mina described as a "violent struggle" took place between the two, a report states.
Mina said at one point the officer did use his Taser on Davis, but it did not stop the struggle. The officer's Taser, hat and other items were found strewn on the ground. Mina said that showed how violent the struggle was.
The officer fired his agency-issued weapon during the altercation. Orlando police did perform CPR before Davis was taken to the hospital, where he died.
The police officer wasn't injured.
Mina said Davis had a criminal record out of Colorado and had cocaine and marijuana in his possession.
"The time to fight the police is not on the side of the road. The time to run is not on the side of the road," Mina said. "There are mechanisms in place if you are being treated unfairly."
However, Mina also believes some suspects are out to try and hurt police and are becoming more aggressive with law enforcement officers.
"That's what it seems like to me," he said. "Absolutely."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
The police officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol.
"I have to say thank you for the officer doing his job," said Eileen Curras, who lives at the apartment complex. "Today, we have to be very careful, you know. ... We have to be diligent. But, thank God that the officer got the person."
No other information was released.
The Orlando police officer-involved shooting happened at the Watauga Woods Apartments, located at 1637 Watauga Ave. (PHOTO/Julie Gargotta, Staff)