An Orange County deputy shot a man accused of trespassing outside the WWE Performance Center on Monday afternoon.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said deputies responded after staff at the performance center reported a man trespassing on the property.
The Performance Center is on Forsyth Commerce Road, in the Azalea Park area east of Orlando Executive Airport. The center is about 3 miles south of Full Sail University, where WWE records its NXT series of pro-wrestling shows.
Demings said when deputies arrived, the suspect, a 29-year-old Hispanic male, charged at them in the performance center's parking lot. That prompted one of the deputies, identified as Cpl. Stephen Wahl, to open fire, hitting the suspect once.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and was last listed in stable condition.
WWE referred to the suspect in a statement released Monday as a "deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property."
WWE Executive Vice President Paul "Triple H" Levesque posted the following on Twitter after the incident:
Unfortunately a deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property...(1/3)— Triple H (@TripleH) August 31, 2015
was involved in an incident with an Orange County Sherriff’s deputy in the parking lot of the WWE Performance Center... (2/3)— Triple H (@TripleH) August 31, 2015
We defer to the Orange County Sherriff’s department for further comment and information. (3/3)— Triple H (@TripleH) August 31, 2015
Sheriff Demings said the man had a "fixation" with one of the female wrestlers, known as Divas in WWE. That woman, who was not identified, was not at the performance center Monday, the sheriff said.
Demings added the suspect had three previous run-ins with the sheriff's office in the last 30 days and at one point was Baker-Acted. The sheriff's office had obtained an injunction against the man, but had not been able to serve it to him before Monday's shooting.
Demings also said deputies were told the man had a knife. They did not immediately find a weapon at the scene.
In mid-August a man named Armando Montalvo was arrested at the facility after smearing human feces, urine, and milk on the facility's front doors. Those who work nearby said they saw him that day threatening WWE employees.
"He was waving the chain, waving the chain telling the guy to 'come on, come on' and the cops came and took him down," said Juan Rodriguez who works next to the WWE facility and saw the confrontation two weeks ago.
According to court documents Montalvo also traveled 1,100 miles to WWE offices in Connecticut and pretended to have a job interview to get inside the building to threaten employees.
Cpl. Wahl, who has been with the sheriff's office for 18 years, was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a standard procedure after every officer-involved shooting in Florida.
Monday's incident was the fifth deputy-involved shooting in Orange County in 2015.