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Orlando Police Officers the Target of Two Random Attacks in the Same Week

ORLANDO, Fla. — Another two officers working with the Orlando Police Department have been attacked without warning, just days after several individuals opened fire on two other police officers at random.

 

Two officers were standing on the corner of Washington and Magnolia at approximately 12:40 early Saturday morning, September 25, as a part of a downtown detail. An eyewitness advised he was speaking with one of the officers, when William McClish, (DOB 5-6-94), suddenly attacked one of the officers without warning. Additional officers responded, and McClish was secured and taken into custody.

 

It was determined McClish set up a camera to livestream the attack to Facebook. He faces several charges including Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer with a Weapon. This incident happened a little more than 3 days after another pair of officers was fired upon at random by a group of individuals. At 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 21 at South Lakeland Avenue and Jacobs Place, two officers in clothing marked “Police” pulled up to three armed males unknown to them, in the intersection. Preliminary information and bodyworn camera video indicate the 3 subjects opened fire, and officers had to return fire from inside the vehicle.

 

All 3 individuals are currently in custody, charged with Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer with a Weapon. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to investigate Tuesday’s shooting.

 

All 4 officers involved in these incidents have invoked Marsy’s Law.Upon hearing of this latest incident, Police Chief Orlando Rolón issued the following statement:

“In less than a week there have been two unprovoked acts of violence against the officers of the Orlando Police Department.

 

One involved armed individuals who fired their weapons against the officers before they could get out of their car. The second happened last night when the individual took the time to setup his phone and do a live stream of his attack. The individual used a brick and caused significant injury to an officer and minor injuries to another. It took four officers to arrest him.

 

These unprovoked actions should be a concern for all of our communities. What is also concerning is the extensive criminal history some of these individuals have in their history. Individuals like this do not belong in our society. Prosecutors and our judicial system must hold them accountable to protect our society and the men and women protecting our communities.

 

One officer has a significant facial injury. The other was bit and nearly had his eye gouged out. Our officers will recover from their injuries, but individuals like this who take premeditated steps to harm law enforcement officers and other human beings must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

 

We cannot wait for an officer or a citizen to be murdered. Prosecution and proper sentencing will be a deterrent for those who think they will only get a slap on the hand and probation soon after a short time in prison.

This is not much to ask for. It is the right thing to do to protect our officers and our society.”

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