Florida police riddled a man’s home with bullets as his wife and son slept inside early Saturday morning, only to later tell him they had responded to the wrong address.
Nevertheless, Ocoee police forced the family outside, handcuffing them to the curb, refusing to let them back inside for ten hours.
This same department was exposed earlier this week as covering up for a veteran police officer who was accused of receiving drugs and money from a local street gang.
Now the little known police outside just northwest of Orlando has a lot of explaining to do.
Let’s start with the shooting incident. Ocoee police did not provide much information to local media, but the man said he was awoken by loud banging on his front door at about 1 a.m. Saturday.
When he demanded to know who it was, he received no answer. Thinking he was about to be robbed, he retrieved his gun.
Then a bright light shone through his window and somebody yelled out “gun!”.
That’s when police started shooting up the house.
Two bullets flew past the man’s head, and more bullets pierced walls and shattered glass windows, he said.
His family dropped to the floor of their living room, praying the gunfire would cease.
The man said he never fired his weapon, but the family was handcuffed and seated on a curb outside.
Neighbors said Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators were at the home until noon Saturday. A security camera captured footage of the patrol cars pulling up to the home.
The family said it wasn’t allowed back into the home until more than 10 hours after the shootout.
The man said he was told the police officers mistakenly responded to the home after receiving a report of domestic violence.
“Upon arrival, a person was confronted and shots were fired,” Ocoee police Sgt. Bob Rivera. “The investigation is ongoing by The Florida Department of Law enforcement.”
The news report says the surveillance footage doesn’t show anything more than the cops pulling up to the house and running up to the house with guns drawn.
Now let’s talk about the coverup, which they say it’s not a coverup because they never investigated the allegations that Ocoee Police Lieutenant Brad Dreasher, who recently retired after 25 years, was bought off by a local gang called the West Orange Gang.
They are, however, investigating the cop who exposed the coverup, which they insist is not a coverup.
They alleged that Dreasher was being bought by the West Orange Gang with money and drugs, according to the records 9 Investigates obtained.
The two officers were on the West Orange Narcotics Task Force and said they told their bosses what they had heard.
“What did the task force do with this information as far as you know?” an Orange County investigator asked one of the officers.
“I mean we didn’t, we didn’t investigate. We didn’t really do a whole lot with it,” Ocoee Officer Gregory Hegyes said.
The interview with Hegyes happened after there were questions about who really was looking into the allegations.
Some at the Ocoee Police Department, including Officer Carlos Anglero, thought there was a possible cover-up after a meeting between Orange County and Ocoee.
“It was your chief came over and spoke to the major and as of whenever the meeting was…`We’re not looking into this anymore. It’s over. It’s done. Don’t talk about this anymore,’ ” Anglero told the Orange County investigator.
The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation to prove the agency didn’t cover it up, because it had never looked into the matter in the first place.
Now Ocoee police officer Carlos Anglero, who raised the question of a possible coverup on the Dreasher allegations, is under investigation, along with an officer named Stephanie Roberts.
Both those officers, incidentally, were involved in Saturday morning’s shooting. The man said the department has not apologized.
The department also approved the woman to go on a ride-along with the married officer, where she then performed a sex act on him at an empty substation.
The affair was exposed by the woman’s husband.
Then there was the case of Ocoee Police Sergeant Thomas Maroney who pleaded guilty in 2009 for sexual assault after stripping a woman against her will, fondling her genitals and bending her over his knee to spank her.