Sometimes, even the smallest type of crime can quickly become a major incident, involving serious injury or even death. An attempted robbery of a Goodwill store in Winter Park last week quickly evolved into a confrontation with police and the shooting of an unarmed man.

The incident began when Winter Park police received a call about a shoplifting at a Goodwill store. The alleged thief left the store before police arrived, but people who were in the store when the theft occurred identified him as “Jay.” The first officers to arrive saw the suspect on Orange Avenue, and they say that he ran toward Holt Avenue. One of the officers recognized the suspect from a description provided by the police, and she began to drive toward the suspect. At that point, an unknown man ran toward the suspect who, according to police, shot the man. The wounded man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect allegedly fired three or four more shots at a police vehicle before he ran away. Police eventually found him hiding underneath a trailer near Alfond Stadium. The suspect was taken into custody. He has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, aggravated battery, using violence to resist a police officer and petit theft.

The defendant in this case is facing very serious charges that carry heavy penalties, including incarceration and a large fine. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the facts and law that will affect the case and for assistance in preparing a defense or in negotiating a favorable plea agreement.