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Fla. officer fatally shot by city police before college football game

September 25, 2005
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Fla. officer fatally shot by city police before college football game

The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla.- A University of Central Florida police officer was shot to death by an Orlando police officer outside the Citrus Bowl as fans were arriving for a college football game Saturday, authorities said.

Authorities did not immediately release names or the circumstances leading to the shooting, but Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Geo Morales said the shooting was under investigation.

Witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel that the incident started with an undercover officer breaking up a tailgate party. When he encountered resistance, they said, he fired three shots into the air. An Orlando Police officer then saw the man with the gun and shot him several times, the newspaper said.

Authorities believed a third person was involved, said Barbara Jones, spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department. Jones refused to say if the person was injured.

A telephone message left Saturday night for the UCF Police Department was not immediately returned.

The shooting occurred before the University of Central Florida's victory over Marshall University.

"It's pretty freaky. You don't think you would see this at a UCF game," junior Nicole Jorgensen, 22, of Melbourne.

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