Chief David Ogden of the Windermere Police Department has sadly reports that Officer Robert German, 31, was shot and killed early Saturday morning.
Officer German stopped to check on two pedestrians walking in the area of Conroy-Windermere Road and Horizon Circle at about 3:30 am. He called for backup as he was in a high crime area. About 6 weeks ago, Orlando County Deputy Jonathon Pine was shot and killed a short distance away while investigating a rash of car burglaries.
When an Orange County deputy and an Orlando police officer arrived to back German up, they found him lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. These back up LEO’s were also fired upon by the suspects from a short distance away.
The deputy used his patrol vehicle to shield Officer German from the gunfire as they removed him from the area. He was treated at the scene by Orlando Fire Department first responders and transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officers searched for the suspects and found them a short distance away from the scene of German’s shooting. It appeared that the male and female suspects had committed suicide. Both of the suspects are known to law enforcement, however their identities need to be confirmed by the medical examiner and their families notified prior to the release of their names to the media.
Chief Ogden stated that Officer German was injured on duty 4 months ago and his injury required surgery. He had just returned to patrol status from being on light duty for that injury. All Officer German wanted to do was get back to being a cop. Ogden stated that German was one of the finest officers we had on the force.
Mayor Gary Bruhn stated that Officer German’s murder is the first line of duty death in the history of the town.
The investigation into the murder-suicide is being conducted by the Orange County Sheriff Department Homicide Unit.
Officer Robert German served the Windermere Police Department for 5 years. He is survived by his parents, Tim and Debbie.
Officer Robert German – gone, but never forgotten. EOW: March 22, 2014.
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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