Windermere police officer Robert German, 31, was on patrol around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when he came across a suspicious couple walking through the wealthy neighborhood where Tiger Woods used to live. German called for backup, but when Orange County sheriff’s deputies and officers from Orlando and Apopka arrived at the scene they found German had been shot.
While the backup cops were attending to the five-year veteran, two shots rang out from nearby. Once the fallen officer had been taken away by an ambulance, officers conducted a search and found a man and woman, both in their late teens or early twenties, lying on the lawn of a $2.5 million home. The couple, who are believed to have shot German, had committed suicide by shooting themselves.
Attempts by emergency room doctors to save Officer German’s life failed. Why he was shot and what the suspects were up to remains a mystery at this time.
Only six weeks earlier, Orange County deputy Jonathon Scott Pine, 34, was shot dead just a mile away from the scene of German’s shooting. Pine had been investigating a car burglary in the Orlando suburb of Doctor Phillips and, just as in the Windermere case, the suspect also committed suicide.
UPDATE: The dead suspects have been identified as Brandon Goode and Alexandria Hollinghurst. Goode, 18, was recently arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hollinghurst, 17, was originally from Manchester, England and had no arrest record.