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Florida police officer, two others shot dead

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WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) -- A police officer was shot and killed early Saturday after stopping two people and calling for help in an Orlando suburb, authorities said.

Windermere Police Department Officer Robert German called for backup after stopping a young man and woman on foot shortly before 4 a.m., investigators said.

German, 31, reported his location and was found lying on the ground when a deputy arrived at the scene, Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.

"He just said he was doing a subject stop and then all the tragic events unfolded," Watrel said.

The deputy put German in his squad car and rushed him to the fire department. German was then taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

As officers responded to the scene, they heard shots fired and found two individuals deceased nearby matching the description of the man and woman German had stopped, Watrel said. They are believed to have committed suicide.

Their identities have not been released.

Windermere is located 15 miles west of Orlando. It has a population of about 3,000 people and one of the lowest crime rates in Florida, Mayor Gary Bruhn said. He said it was the first line-of-duty death in the town's history.

"Violent crime is just not something that happens in the town of Windermere," Bruhn said. "So it's really, really difficult."

German had been with the department for five years and just recently returned from desk duty after falling and injuring his shoulder, Bruhn said.

"He loved working as a police officer and he loved working at Windermere," Bruhn said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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useruser1903 March 22 2014 at 7:56 PM

Nothing good ever happens at 4 a.m.

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BR549 useruser1903 March 22 2014 at 8:05 PM

Usually, nothing good happens after midnight. That's what I always told the kids.

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coach48094 BR549 March 22 2014 at 8:16 PM

I always told my son that after 1 AM the percentage of guns on the street is much higher than it is prior to 1 AM. Most good kids are hoe by 1 AM

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Kate useruser1903 March 22 2014 at 8:16 PM

Nonsense. Weren't you ever a teenager? Plenty of fun and certainly not criminal things happen after 4 AM. Our parents did not like it, of course not, but it doesn't mean it was dangerous in any way. Criminal activity is something entirely different.

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Linda K Kate March 22 2014 at 8:24 PM

Your parents allowed you to be out at 4 AM as a teenager?

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Paula Kate March 22 2014 at 9:13 PM

I was NEVER allowed out at 4 a.m. and neither were my kids. You also have to realize it's a much different time now than it was then.

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JP March 23 2014 at 1:27 AM

A man that stopped people who no doubt were trouble, the very trouble society complains about. He gets killed and many of you morons still damn him. A sick group of idiots with nothing better to do that complain.. Judgement day will be quick and easy.. RIP Officer..

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bamaman2699 Larna J. Keane; March 22 2014 at 7:37 PM

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Sue bamaman2699 March 22 2014 at 8:00 PM

Speaking of a waste of space.

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Chickiepoo bamaman2699 March 22 2014 at 11:54 PM

And yet here YOU are.....reading this "waste of web space".....AND filling up the comments
section with some pretty "waste of space" COMMENTS...........

Hmmm......why is that ??

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blackcoffeeparty March 22 2014 at 7:43 PM

Did the officer draw his weapon? Did the man and woman overpower him and take his weapon or did they have one themselves? Were the shots heard by the responding officers as they fired them or did they come from the weapon belonging to the two?

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Pearl March 22 2014 at 7:35 PM

So sorry for the officer and his family, two bad the two idiots just did not take their lives first, and leave the rest of the world behind.

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alscotti57 Pearl March 22 2014 at 7:54 PM

well put

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bleulorax Pearl March 22 2014 at 7:55 PM

Pearl - "two bad" are you serious? Too bad you didn't learn anything in elementary school.

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Chickiepoo bleulorax March 22 2014 at 10:10 PM

TOO bad you don't know what a TYPO is......

BTW.....THANKS for letting ALLLL of the "reading public" see.......that THAT is the
best "type" of comment YOU could come up with.........

Chastising someone SOLELY over a simple "typo" of all things.........S.M.H.

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Patti March 22 2014 at 6:37 PM

Another senseless tragedy:( This as we are in the midst of a trial for the killing of our deputy here 2 years ago. terrible waste of life :(

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craigholland112313 March 23 2014 at 2:24 PM

The mystery should be solved soon as Officer German, like other Windermere officers was equipped with a body camera.
You can find more details by way of this article which is under the video: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-windermere-police-officer-shot-20140322,0,4809261.story
and read what an outstanding, upstanding and noble office, family man and citizen Mr. German was.

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no1gum craigholland112313 March 23 2014 at 3:27 PM

TU for the info. There was more info in that article. The mention that there was a break in or robbery a mile away would explain why he was suspicious. Unfortunately, he was alone, and this new information makes me feel there was even more reason to wait for the other officers. I still don't know how they're sure it's a murder/suicide. Would someone shoot an officer, run away and then decide to kill themselves? You're right, though, if his camera was working we should have more answers soon.

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msmelo75 March 22 2014 at 7:33 PM

Condolences to the Officer's family and friends.

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Linda March 22 2014 at 6:34 PM

how sad and for what? there's so much crime

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cgpatton March 23 2014 at 1:58 AM

The murder of Officer German is a horrible tragedy, and he, his family and loved ones are in my thoughts. I read the story a couple of times and I'm still having a little trouble piecing together the chain of events. I think this story could use some better writing and editing.

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