ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The man caught in the middle of crossfire between an Orlando police officer and a suspect is speaking out. The innocent bystander believes it was the officer's bullet that struck him. The 20-year-old victim said, at the time he was hit, the suspect was running toward him and away from the officer.
The shooting, which happened on Wednesday at the Tuscany Bay Apartments, 2575 South Semoran Boulevard, is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
The victim, who is a student at Valencia College, told FOX 35 on Thursday that he is still in a lot of pain from his non-life-threatening injury. "I feel traumatized," he said. "To be honest right now, I don't feel safe. I'm just walking around not too far from my house and that's about it."
Police investigators on Thursday released the identity of the suspect, Daniel Robles, 23. An Orlando police officer was attempting to stop Robles on a warrant for his arrest for a violation of probation on robbery and grand theft charges. Police say they plan to file aggravated assault charges against Robles at a later date.
"Detectives have interviewed Robles, and he has confessed to possessing and firing the weapon. Once its investigation is complete, FDLE turns its findings over to the State Attorney's Office and a determination is made there about whether any laws were violated," read a statement sent to FOX 35 by the OPD.