FDLE Tampa agent, suspect shot in drug sting in Kissimmee, officials say


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida Department of Law Enforcement officer is recovering after being shot during a drug sting in central Florida. 

According to officials with the Kissimmee Police Department, at approximately 2:59 p.m., the Kissimmee Police Department responded to 2250 North Hoagland Avenue in reference to a shooting.

Members of the Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tampa were working a joint drug investigation concerning trafficking in illegal narcotics, according to the report.

FDLE Tampa Special Agent in Charge Mark Brutnell says three of his agents were assisting law enforcement in the Orlando area and were following suspects in a car in Kissimmee on Tuesday when authorities say the suspects started shooting at the agents.

“My three members confronted the unknown vehicle they were fired upon we had two agents return fire striking one of the subjects who is right now at Osceola Regional Hospital in critical but stable conditions,” Brutnell said.

Brutnell says the agent suffered injuries to the face and neck but is expected to be ok.

At the request of FDLE, the Kissimmee Police Department will investigate the officer-involved shooting incident and will forward their findings to the State Attorney’s Office for review.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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