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Man charged with murder after stray police bullet kills woman

Kody Roach CBS affiliate WKMG

ORLANDO, Fla. - An armed man who prompted a fatal police-involved shooting at an Orlando, Fla. nightclub is now facing first-degree murder charges in the death of a woman who was struck by an officer's stray bullet, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

The armed man, Kody Roach, 23, was wounded by police gunfire in the August 19 incident, which occurred at Vixen Bar. Roach, who remains hospitalized, was initially arrested on charges of carrying a concealed firearm. Now, he also faces charges of attempted armed burglary, armed trespassing and felony first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Maria Godinez-- even though he never fired a shot.

Godinez was struck and killed by a stray bullet fired by an Orlando police officer who confronted Roach at the bar.

Police documents indicate surveillance video shows Roach dropping his gun after he was kicked out of the bar that night for carrying a gun, according to the station.

The video also reportedly shows Roach trying to get back inside the bar as police confronted him outside.

"Unsuccessful in opening the locked door again, Roach then raises his shirt with his left hand, while rapidly reaching into his waistband with his right hand," a police report says, according to the station.

Officer Eduard Sanguino then fired nine shots, according to the report. Roach was shot at least five times, the report indicates. One of the shots ricocheted, hitting Lt. Frank Nunez in the shin and another one of the bullets hit Godinez.

The report says Roach collapsed and in doing so, dropped a .40-caliber Ruger firearm from his hands.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate the incident.

As standard procedure, the officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave.

  • Crimesider Staff

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