ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said a man was shot by a deputy on Monday afternoon, The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. outside the WWE Performance Center, located at 5055 Forsyth Commerce Road in east Orlando.
Demings said a 911 call was received reporting that a 29-year-old man was outside the WWE facility and appeared agitated. Investigators said that the man had become "fixated" with one of the female wrestlers and deputies had been involved to insure the woman's safety. The man, identified as Armando Montalvo, has had three previous encounters with law enforcement this past month, according to Demings. The wrestling facility had been working with the Sheriff's Office to provide off-duty deputies as extra security following an Aug. 24 arrest of Montalvo on a trespassing charge.
Demings said Montalvo came out to the facility on Monday afternoon and was reportedly armed with a knife. The Sheriff's Office dispatched two plainclothes deputies who approached the individual. Sheriff Demings said Montalvo began to charge towards the deputy, identified as Cpl. Stephen Wahl. Wahl is assigned to the OCSO Criminal Investigations Unit and has been with the agency since February 1997. Demings said the deputy shot Montalvo in self-defense.
"They had encountered this individual who they were told was armed with a knife, so when the deputies encountered him they both had their weapons drawn. At some point, the individual charged the deputy. The deputy retreated, 75-100 feet backwards with his gun out, and the individual began to close in on him and at some point he [the deputy] fired one shot and struck the individual," said Sheriff Demings.
Montalvo was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with a life-threatening injury. At last check, he was in critical but stable condition. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Orange County Sheriff's office are investigating the shooting. When asked if a weapon was recovered from Montalvo, Demings responded, "I can't say we have found a weapon, but they are still processing the crime scene."
Sheriff Demings said the subject has an arrest history and had been placed under mental health evaluations in the past. "There's some violence in his arrest history," he said.
The WWE released a statement following the shooting which read, "Unfortunately, a deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property, was involved in an incident with an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy in the parking lot of the WWE Performance Center. We defer to the Orange County Sheriff’s department for further comment and information."