Police Kill Armed Suspect after Incident at Orlando Wahlburgers Restaurant

Police in Orlando, Florida shot and killed a man on February 28, 2018 after an incident at the Wahlburgers restaurant at 200 S. Orange Avenue. The man got into a confrontation with police and when he refused to drop his gun, he was shot.

Police confirmed the fatal shooting on Hughey Avenue in downtown Orlando. This all began when the unidentified armed suspect entered the Wahlburgers shortly after it had opened at 11:00 a.m.

A person in the Wahlburgers had a domestic violence injunction against him.

The suspect allegedly brandished a handgun and then left the restaurant as patrons started calling 911. Employees followed him out of the restaurant.

Responding officers chased the man and caught up with him near South Street. It was there that police surrounded the man and ordered him to drop his gun several times.

“He ignored verbal commands, and the officers were forced to discharge their issued service weapons,” Deputy Chief Eric Smith said.

The downed man was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Wahlburgers Suspect Looking for Ex?

Police have not confirmed how he knew the person who had an injunction against him. But an employee at the restaurant told a WFTV9 reporter that the armed man was looking for his ex-girlfriend.

No other injuries were reported.

“This is an example of the community reaching out to law enforcement and helping the community,” Smith said. “We were able to keep the community safe.”

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as per standard procedure.

Kimberly Simeone, Wahlburgers director of marketing and communications, said, “Obviously, it’s terrifying. We are so proud of our staff, they reacted immediately.They gave details, they gave specifics, location.”


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