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Aug. 19, 2014 — Orlando

Kody Christian Roach, 23, was shot and a bystander was killed by police in a nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The incident started when Roach was belligerent inside the Vixen Bar and displayed a handgun. He was escorted outside.

Witnesses said that he was banging on the locked door of the bar when Orlando police arrived around 12:45 a.m. Police say an officer tried unsuccessfully to stun Roach who turned and reached into his waistband, prompting Officer Eduardo Sanguino to shoot at him nine times. Read more

Five bullets hit Roach but he survived. One stray bullet struck and killed 22-year-old Maria Fernanda Godinez -- also known as Maria Castillo -- who was sitting inside the Vixen. A ricochet also struck police Lt. Frank Nunez, injuring him.

Roach's defense lawyer disputes the way police say events unfolded. "They Tased him and he was spinning around and that's when they opened fire," the lawyer said. "A little overzealous, yes." The FDLE concluded the evidence and testimony supported Sanguino's version of events.

This was the 87th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Six days earlier, three officers shot one person in Bunnell .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Godinez was one of 18 innocent bystanders shot by police. Some of them were hostages.
  2. Roach was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Roach was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.

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