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Cops Reportedly Respond To Wrong Home, Open Fire On Family

| by Nik Bonopartis
An Ocoee Police Department patrol car.An Ocoee Police Department patrol car.

Two Florida cops allegedly responded to the wrong home after a domestic violence call and riddled the house with bullets, while a terrified family hunkered down on the living room floor.

Police in Ocoee, a suburb about 12 miles west of Orlando, responded to a call in the wealthy neighborhood just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 6, believing they'd arrived at the site of a domestic violence incident, WFTV reported.

The unidentified homeowner said he heard banging on the front door, but when he went downstairs and asked who was there, he didn't get an answer.

The man feared burglars were trying to break in and went to get his gun. Upon returning to the front door, he saw a bright light through the glass and heard someone shout, "Gun!"

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Police began firing, narrowly missing the man's head. His wife and 12-year-old son, who were woken by the commotion and had come down to the living room, dived for safety and spent the next several minutes praying the shooters would stop firing.

When the gunfire finally ceased, cops stormed the house and cuffed all three residents, placing them on the curb outside as they searched the home.

A neighbor's security camera captured police cars pulling up to the house, and video shot by WFTV shows broken glass as well as bullet holes in doors, windows, walls and furniture.

The next day, a handwritten sign on the front door of the house informed visitors that the door had been "Damaged by Ocoee Police" and directed them to use the doorbell instead of knocking.

The victims told WFTV they weren't allowed back into their home until 10 hours later, and police did not apologize for responding to the wrong address or destroying their property. It's not clear whether cops ever found the original caller who sought help in a domestic violence case.

Officers acknowledged the shooting but revealed few details about it and did not say how many rounds were fired.

However, local news stations identified the officers involved in the shooting as Carlos Anglero and Stephanie Roberts. Both officers were already the subject of an internal-affairs investigation, according to WFTV.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the primary state authority, will conduct its own investigation into the shooting to determine whether the officers were at fault.

Sources: WFTV, WKMG / Photo credit: WDBO

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