Haines City officer shot in leg by his gun after fight with suspect, police say
HAINES CITY, Fla. - Haines City Police Officer Dwight Rogers is now recovering after he was shot in the leg during a traffic stop Sunday evening. According to law enforcement officials, he was flown a Lakeland hospital for treatment.
The Haines City Police Department said officers arrested David Torres-Orozco, who is accused of reaching into Officer Rogers' holster and pulling the trigger during a struggle. Officers said they also arrested Daribel Torres-Orozco and Luis Alfonso Alicea-Feliciano on resisting law enforcement without violence charges.
The officer pulled over Alicea-Feliciano in a BMW SUV because he was driving 15 miles per hour over the speed limit and passing other drivers erratically on Glen Este Boulevard and US 27. Haines City police said Alicea-Feliciano refused to give his driver's license and registration to Officer Rogers when he asked for it. Officer Rogers asked for backup because he was continuing to be uncooperative.
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Officer Rogers warned Alicea-Feliciano that if he didn't give his identification, he was going to be arrested, but the driver still refused. According to HCPD officials, he was removed from the car and was told his vehicle would be towed because the plate's showed a "seize tag order."
Alicea-Feliciano asked Officer Rogers if he could call his girlfriend to come get some groceries from his car, and the officer agreed, HCPD said. His girlfriend, Daribel Torres-Orozco, and her brother, David Torres-Orozco, showed up and started getting aggressive towards Haines City police officers who were on scene.
While Officer Rogers tried handcuffing David Torres-Orozco, David started fighting the officer. Haines City police said David was able to reach into Officer Rogers' holster and pull the trigger, shooting the officer in the right leg.
Other officers continued to fight with the suspect and eventually tased and handcuffed him, according to HCPD.
Haines City police confirmed David Torres-Orozco was arrested on two counts of resisting an officer with violence, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer (LEO), attempted felony murder with a weapon, using a firearm during a felony offense, and battery on LEO.