A man, who didn’t fire any shots, is facing first degree murder charges after an innocent woman was killed by a bullet fired by an Orlando police officer.
According to the Orlando police department, three officers were dispatched to the Vixen Bar at 118 South Orange Ave, in Orlando, Fl. on August 19, after getting reports of a gunman making threats.
“I have a gun-wielding maniac,” one of the club’s employees told 911 dispatchers as Roach banged on the door with the pistol just before 1 a.m. “He set it on the bar top and he wielded it many times. I had to throw him out.”
The bouncer, who was unarmed and didn’t have to shoot at anyone, was able to get the belligerent Roach out of the bar.
When officers arrived and confronted the man, first they fired tasers, then they began shooting. According to the New York Daily News, Roach was ordered to drop the weapon, but he refused and the officers shot him with a stun gun. It apparently had little to no effect on him, because it didn’t knock him over and he instead began to raise his arm.
At this point, it’s not clear whether Roach was moving his arm to grab the wired prongs off his chest or point his weapon at the police, but the group of three officers didn’t take any chances.
They opened fire before Roach could attempt a single shot.
Several of the rounds hit Roach, critically wounding him. One of their bullets went through the door of the bar and hit 22-year-old Maria Fernada Godinez, killing her.