Orange County deputy shot, expected to survive; gunman dead

Orange County Sheriff's Office

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) —An Orange County sheriff’s deputy is expected to survive after being shot on Tuesday.

Deputies were serving warrants related to the robberies of several elderly women when the shooting happened shortly before noon at an apartment complex in the area of Americana Boulevard and Rio Grande Avenue.

The suspect, Christopher Redding Jr., 20,  fired at deputies as they tried to take him into custody.  Four deputies returned fire and the gunman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Stelter, 45, was hit several times during the shootout.

The firearm used by Christopher Redding Jr. Photo courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The firearm used by Christopher Redding Jr. Photo courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Stelter, a 21-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he is in stable condition. He wounded, but will recover from his injuries, deputies said.

Sheriff Jerry Demings said the gunman has a violent criminal history.  He had an active felony arrest warrant for robbery and was convicted of attempted murder at the age of 17. He was recently released from jail, Demings said.

Deputies said there was a woman in the car with Redding when the shootout occurred. She was treated for minor injuries.

Investigators said there are not any other people being sought in connection with the shooting, but they are looking for several other people in the robbery cases.

Redding, along with three other people, are accused of snatching purses from elderly women. Investigators described the robberies as violent and said one of the victims required shoulder replacement surgery.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. The four deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The shooting is not the first time Sgt. Stelter has been injured on duty. In 2000, the then Deputy Stelter was trying to make an arrest when he was attacked and injured.

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