Osceola County, Fl. Deputy shot by gang member while breaking up bar fight

Deputies responded to a bar fight at the Sun on the Beach nightclub shortly before 1:45 a.m.. While there a Deputy learned of a man with a gun and attempted to question him outside. It resulted in the man shooting the Deputy.

Kissimmee, Florida. At about 1:45 Deputies on patrol responded to the Sun on the beach nightclub to assist business owners in breaking up a bar fight.

During the disturbance a Deputy was told that one of the men inside the bar had been armed with a weapon. The man left the bar but the Deputy followed him outside to the parking area.

Deputy John Rios followed Angel Manual Lopez and attempted to detain him.  A brief struggle ensued when Lopez produced a weapon that discharged and struck Rios in the leg. Lopez was taken into custody according to Osceola County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.

Rios was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

Lopez is a “documented gang member with an extensive criminal history,” according to the Sheriff’s Department. He is facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, carrying a concealed firearm, discharging a firearm in public, use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and resisting without violence.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Posted the following report on their Facebook Page:

Angel Manual Lopez (DOB 9/13/88), a documented gang member with an extensive criminal history was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Discharging a Firearm in Public, Use of a Firearm Under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Resisting Without Violence.On November 6 at approximately 1:43 a.m. deputies working at Old Town responded to a disturbance call located at Sun on the Beach, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee. Once all of the individuals involved were separated, Deputy John Rios, who overheard Lopez was armed, followed him as he was exiting the bar. As Deputy Rios was attempting to detain Lopez, a brief struggle ensued and Lopez discharged his weapon which struck the deputy in his leg. Deputy Rios was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released. No weapons were discharged by any Osceola County deputies.
Lopez was booked into the Osceola County Jail. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.


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