Orlando cops on leave during fatal shooting investigation

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Posted: May 02, 2016 3:54 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man carrying an imitation firearm have been placed on customary administrative leave during an investigation, authorities said Monday.

Officers repeatedly told Charlin Charles to put down the gun, but he raised it and two officers fired at him, according to a police report.

A single officer arrived first at the scene early Sunday in response to a report that Charles was walking up and down a busy street carrying a firearm. The officer then called for backup. The gun ended up being a "simulated" gun.

Charles, 25, was black; the officers are white. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was investigating.

The department is also investigating a separate, nonfatal shooting involving an Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Vinod Persaud, 27, was in the hospital after being shot late Saturday, Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Angelo Nieves said.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, Persaud fled the scene after his vehicle was involved in a crash with off-duty deputy sheriff Anthony Claudio. The deputy followed Persaud and when Persaud parked on a street, Claudio approached him. Persaud became belligerent and reached for his glove compartment, according to the report.

Claudio drew his weapon and identified himself as a law enforcement officer, the report said, but Persaud charged him and tried to take the firearm.

The report said the gun discharged and Persaud fled. Deputies tracked him down several hours later at a hospital where he went for treatment for a gunshot wound.

Court records did not list an attorney for Persaud.