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March 24, 2014
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Details emerge on teens who shot Fla. cop

The Orange County Sheriff's Office investigation into the death of Officer Robert German continued Monday

By Amy Pavuk and Henry Pierson Curtis
Orlando Sentinel

WINDERMERE, Fla. — When he was 16 years old, Brandon Goode painted his face black, covered the windows in his Central Florida home with blankets, armed himself with an axe, and then waited for his mother to arrive.

When Connie Goode walked in the house, she told Polk County deputies, Brandon pinned her between a table and a wall and demanded she accept his father's divorce settlement. The axe rested on his shoulder.

Brandon was arrested on a felony assault charge, and more than a year later was arrested again in a misdemeanor drug case.

Brandon Goode, now 18, entered into a pretrial diversion program to resolve the drug case last week.

His life took a violent turn over the weekend, when Orange County deputies say, Goode and 17-year-old Alexandria "Alex" Hollinghurst were involved in the killing of a Windermere police officer.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office investigation into the death of Officer Robert German continued Monday, as details about Goode and Hollinghurst emerged.

Goode and Hollinghurst both lived in northeast Polk County. Hollinghurst was originally from Great Britain.

Early Saturday morning, German stopped Hollinghurst and Goode as they were walking in the area of Horizon Circle and Conroy Windermere Road, the Sheriff's Office has reported.

German made a "subject stop" and called for backup about 4 a.m.

The first deputy to arrive found German lying on the south side of the roadway. He was bleeding from a gunshot wound.

About the same time, shots were heard in the area.

Goode and Hollinghurst were found dead nearby. The Sheriff's Office said the teens committed suicide.

Deputies have not said how many guns were involved or where the weapon came from.

On Monday, a woman who answered the door at Goode's home in the Polo Park community off U.S. Highway 27 declined to comment and asked an Orlando Sentinel reporter to leave.

Records released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Monday detail the domestic violence incident between Goode and his mother at that home in October 2012.

The report said Brandon Goode made demands about a divorce settlement, but court records show the divorce was finalized years prior.

It was unclear what came of the criminal case since juvenile court records are not public.

Earlier this year, Goode and a teenager he identified as his girlfriend were arrested on drug and alcohol related charges after a traffic stop.

A Polk County sheriff's deputy spotted Goode driving with a broken tail light Feb. 24, a report states. The deputy spotted a glass pipe and asked to search the vehicle, discovering marijuana baggies and several pipes inside, according to the report.

Goode told the deputy he and his girlfriend would smoke marijuana in his vehicle, because they were living with his mother and didn't want her to know about it.

Goode was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Because she was a juvenile, the name of the girlfriend arrested with Goode in February was redacted from reports released by the Sheriff's Office, though the arrested girl's age matched Hollinghurst.

Meanwhile, Windermere's mayor asked residents and businesses to adorn mailboxes and light poles with blue ribbons as a sign of support for police.

German, 31, was a Windermere officer for five years.

Visitation for German will occur 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood. Funeral services will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at Northland. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Sanford.

Copyright 2014 The Orlando Sentinel 


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

 






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