Officer accidentally discharges shotgun,
shoplifting suspect grazed by bullet
Harry Wessel | Sentinel Staff Writer
5:29 PM EDT, April 20, 2008
Two suspects seen taking six pairs of Nikes from a Colonial Drive shoe store Sunday afternoon fled in a vehicle but were arrested shortly thereafter, thanks to a cell-phone call from a citizen who followed them in her car.
During the subsequent arrest, in which the suspects were ordered to the ground at gunpoint, a sheriff deputy's shotgun accidentally discharged, with one of the suspects slightly wounded from a pellet or pellets hitting him in the cheek, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office report.
The manager of the Shoe Carnival Store at 7649 W. Colonial Drive would not comment on the incident, other than to say it had been a citizen, rather than a store employee, who followed the suspects and called in the report.
The injured suspect was taken to the Health Central hospital in Ocoee where he was treated for his injury.