Florida - "Orlando Officer Shoots Teen In Face During Traffic Stop"


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Billy_H
August 29, 2006, 05:01 PM
Orlando Officer Shoots Teen In Face During Traffic Stop
POSTED: 10:55 pm EDT August 26, 2006
UPDATED: 11:13 pm EDT August 26, 2006

A 17-year-old in Orlando, Fla., was shot in the face by an Orlando police officer during a traffic stop, according to Local 6 News.

Troy Bennett was shot late Friday on LB McLeod and John Young Parkway in Orlando.

"During that stop the driver tried to flee and in doing so tried to run over an officer," Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones said. "A shot or shots were fired by an Orlando Police Department officer."

Bennett was shot in the face and transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

Bennett's family questions a bullet hole on the side of the car and its entry point, Local 6's Vanessa Medina said.

"He got shot in his mouth part, his jaw," a family member said.

Bennett's family claims Orlando police is withholding information, Local 6 News reported.

"All I want is answers," Victim's sister Sharon Bennett said. "Why did they shoot him? What is the reason? No answer, no reason."

Local 6 reported that Bennett has an extensive criminal record.

Friday night, detectives said they found cocaine and charged Bennett with possession and intent to sell and two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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Source: Local 6 News (http://www.local6.com/news/9743410/detail.html)

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jcoiii
August 29, 2006, 05:44 PM
"All I want is answers," Victim's sister Sharon Bennett said. "Why did they shoot him? What is the reason? No answer, no reason."

"During that stop the driver tried to flee and in doing so tried to run over an officer,"

Assault with a deadly weapon (the car) was met with deadly force on the part of the officers.

ArmedBear
August 29, 2006, 05:58 PM
charged Bennett with possession and intent to sell and two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

Furthermore, it sounds like their justification for shooting him is not being withheld; it's public record (the aggravated battery charges).

hammer4nc
August 29, 2006, 06:05 PM
Lets see the dash cam.

MechAg94
August 29, 2006, 06:19 PM
If he ran and a chase ensued and he ended up running into and inurying innocent bystanders, well that would be much worse than just shooting him in my book (assuming the article is correct).

Coronach
August 29, 2006, 07:15 PM
No way to tell if it is a good shoot. Most are, but one cannot say with any degree of certainty in this instance.

I, too, wonder if there is video.

Mike

AnthonyRSS
August 30, 2006, 02:23 PM
He was such a good kid, neva got into trouble.

Just_a_dude_with_a_gun
August 30, 2006, 02:29 PM
Wait for it....

"Every body loved him. He was a good boy. He had his problems, but he was trying to turn his life around."

Bennett has "an extensive record" including drug and weapons charges...

MarkDido
August 30, 2006, 02:35 PM
You can always count on the "Orlando Slantinel" to skew a story to the left.

How about "Juvenile Delinquent tries to kill officer with Car"?

29 arrests since 2000 - don't ask me how I know this. :evil:

mp510
August 30, 2006, 03:28 PM
Given what was described in the article, the victim is not such. If there is any victim here, it is the officers who's lives he endangered.

ArmedBear
August 30, 2006, 03:30 PM
Well, we haven't seen the evidence to prove them, but like I said, the charges are no secret.

Frog48
August 30, 2006, 03:32 PM
"All I want is answers," Victim's sister Sharon Bennett said. "Why did they shoot him? What is the reason? No answer, no reason."

She cant be serious... she is obviously ignoring the fact that "During that stop the driver tried to flee and in doing so tried to run over an officer".

And if he's such a good kid, why did detectives find cocaine?

Apparently the kid survived the shooting, since he's being charged.

C. Rabbit
August 30, 2006, 04:51 PM
Well, I'm going to cut the cops here a lot more slack than the pancake house debacle a while back.

We need more info, of course, but I'm erring on the side of the police in this context; criminal with cocaine runs from cops and gets shot.

CR

Phetro
August 30, 2006, 05:00 PM
"He got shot in his mouth part, his jaw," a family member said.

He got shot in his mouth part? What exactly is a mouth part?

OOOHH, I see now--his jaw. You know, finishing second grade might have been a good idea...

Well, I'm sure that "Every body loved him. He was a good boy. He had his problems, but he was trying to turn his life around." isn't far behind--the next article will probably add it in. Remember: you heard it from some dude--he was just a dude with a gun--first. :D

Jim March
August 30, 2006, 05:04 PM
I want to see where the bullethole(s) in the car is/are.

If it's to the side...:scrutiny:

No way to tell so far.

STW
August 30, 2006, 10:00 PM
I want to see where the bullethole(s) in the car is/are.
If it's to the side...

Obviously I don't know what happened for sure but a side shoot is plausible and justifiable. For example, if a car tries to run you down and you step aside so it misses, you are, at least for a time, at the side of the car. The fact that it missed you doesn't make the driver any less dangerous or less deserving of being stopped, possibly by shooting.

Just an observation since I don't have a dog in this fight.

Coronach
August 30, 2006, 10:58 PM
Where the bulletholes in the car are do not necessarily mean anything, Jim. If I shoot him as he drives past me, it could be a good shoot if he was, for instance, about to drive over you.

Mike

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