ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Two Orlando police officers fatally shot a 28-year-old man who refused orders to drop a gun at a central Florida condominium complex, according to Orlando Police Chief John Mina. It happened Monday night during a suspicious incident call at Courtney Landing condos.
During a news conference on Tuesday, Mina said it was unclear how many times the officers fired. It also wasn't clear whether the slain man, Eric Provost, fired any shots.
Chief Mina said the incident began as a call from Provost's father. "He basically said his son wasn't acting right, that he may be injured, that maybe someone was breaking into his apartment. He really didn't know what was happening."
When officers arrived, they encountered Provost who had what they believed to be a gun. Investigators said Provost did not acknowledge the officers' orders to drop the weapon and were forced to shoot. "Our officers gave him several commands, saying 'Drop the firearm! Get on the ground!' He did not comply with those commands. That's when our officers fired upon the subject. He was later pronounced dead."
Chief Mina later confirmed that the weapon Provost was holding was an Airsoft Gun. "It was a simulated firearm, Airsoft Gun, which looks like a real gun," he said. "They look real and impossible for our own officers to determine that and put our lives at risk."
The officers, who were not injured, are on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates.