A 23-year-old man armed with a gun and live-streaming on Instagram was shot at by three Orange County deputies on Wednesday night, said Sheriff John Mina.
Deputies were called around 8 p.m. to Citra at Windermere apartments, near Winter Garden Vineland and Reams roads, for a domestic violence incident. The suspect, Laforest Duron Gray Jr., 23, was fighting with a woman and dragging her by her hair, Mina said.
In the video, deputies are seen shining a spotlight on the garage while Gray and the woman he called his wife stand inside. Gray cursed at the deputies and stood behind a car. He challenged deputies to “pull up.” The woman told Gray to calm down, but he kept yelling at deputies who were ordering him to show his hands.
“I really finna turn up on this [expletive],” he said into the camera. “You’ll finna see this [expletive] live, bro….I’ll take one for the team, yo.”
Gray became more agitated when a deputy pulled the woman out of the garage, telling him to let her go. Seconds later, gunshots were heard and the camera went out of focus.
Gray, who was not hit by the gunshots, picked the phone up and kept filming himself on the ground breathing heavily. He continued to curse at deputies and tell the woman, who was screaming, to come to him while refusing to show his hands. He zoomed in on an apparent bullet hole in the garage wall before the video ends. Several commenters on the video told Gray to calm down and expressed shock when they heard gunshots.
The video does not show whether Gray had a gun, but Mina said deputies found one in the garage. Mina declined to say if Gray pointed it at deputies.
Gray was bitten by a K-9 while resisting arrest and was taken to the hospital, according to Mina. Orange County Fire Rescue said the injuries were serious. Deputies and the woman were not hurt.
The sheriff’s office will investigate the shooting and will not call in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because no one was hit.
Charges are pending against Gray, deputies said. Records show Gray was acquitted of burglary and petit theft last year after he was accused of breaking into a friend’s car and stealing money. In 2015, Gray drove into the front a business with a young child in the car after an argument with his girlfriend. The child was not hurt and Gray plead no contest to criminal mischief.
There was a heavy law-enforcement presence at an apartment complex for much of Wednesday night. Residents were not allowed inside the complex until after 11 p.m. Laura Frohbergh, who lives in the complex, called the incident “very scary.”
“I tried to come home from work and I was told I could not enter,” she said.
Sam Hrono lives across the street from the complex and said he was surprised about the shooting.
“This is Windermere,” he said “It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. Stuff like that doesn’t usually go on.”
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