As per Rolon, the man was behaving in an erratic manner. An officer escorted the individual in his 20s from the Neiman Marcus store at the mall. According to the police, the man drew a gun and shots were fired outside the store before the man ran away from the officer, ABC affiliate WFTV9 reported.
There was a foot pursuit, after which the man went into an Olive Garden restaurant, located across the street, from the mall, the cops reported.
Rolon noted that another cop had caught up with the man at this time, and another shooting happened in the Olive Garden parking lot. A WFTV reporter spoke with two Olive Garden employees who heard the gunshots from the firefight which left the man dead.
Officers noted that it is not clear whether the man was shot by the police, or if he shot himself. “We will conduct a thorough review of this incident”, Rolon said, adding, “My condolences go out to the family of the individual deceased and to the officers and their families who are now dealing with a traumatic experience.”
Roads near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando were closed following an officer-involved shooting in the area of Millenia Boulevard and Conroy Road, according to the Orlando Police Department. They said there was no threat to the public at this time.
“We are currently working an Officer-Involved Shooting in the area of Millenia Blvd. & Conroy Rd. No threats to the public. The roads in the area are shut down. Please use alternate routes,” the department tweeted.
The man was pronounced dead upon being taken to the hospital, and the shooting is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is standard in all such cases where officers are involved.