Police said a video clip shows officers interacting with a man who shot a woman after she hit and ran away

Police said a video clip shows officers interacting with a man who shot a woman after she hit and ran away


Orange City, Florida. Orange City Police released a body camera video on Tuesday that it says shows the initial interaction between officers and the motorcyclist who shot and killed a woman after her hit-and-run accident Sunday.

Body camera video shows men approaching the man with their rifles drawn and ordering him to fall to the ground. News 6 has decided not to reveal the identity of the man as he is not facing any charges at the moment.

“We now feel he acted in accordance with the guidelines of Florida law,” Orange City Police Lt. Jason Sampsell said.

In the video, the man complied with the officers’ orders with his face down on the ground with his arms outstretched.

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The man could be heard on the ground saying, “That girl tried to kill me. She pointed a gun at me.” Then he adds, “You tried to kill me. I’m so sorry.”

At one point in the video, the man said, “And these other people are armed too. They had guns too,” but it was not clear who he meant.

The video cuts off as the officers put the man in handcuffs.

According to police, the man shot and killed Sarah Nicole Morales, 35, of Orange City. Investigators said Morales intentionally bumped the man while he was riding his motorcycle into the 1400th block of N Volusia Street, also known as US 17-92, and then set off on Sunday.

Police said the motorcyclist and other witnesses to the crash followed Morales to the intersection of U.S. Route 17-92 and Wisconsin Avenue and told her to stop and that law enforcement officers were on the way.

Officers said Morales then turned onto East Wisconsin Avenue, eventually stopping at 1052 E. Wisconsin Ave. Investigators said the motorcyclist and witnesses followed her home and tried to alert law enforcement to her whereabouts.

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Police said Morales entered the house as soon as they stopped and returned shortly thereafter with a gun.

A confrontation occurred on the road, with Morales aiming the rifle at the motorcyclist, according to a press release. Records show that the motorcyclist, who has a valid permit for concealed weapons in Florida, pulled out his handgun and shot Morales multiple times, according to police.

Police said, on Tuesday, that eight shots were fired and Morales was wounded five times. Investigators said she was rushed to hospital but did not survive.

Listen to the call to 911 that preceded the fatal shooting in the media player below (Warning: the content is harsh and may be annoying):

The officers said the motorcyclist was cooperating with investigators. Police said they found Morales’ gun.

“All testimonies were consistent, which leads us to believe that his initial story and the interviews conducted after his initial statements are all true and correct,” Sampsil said.

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“The investigation is underway in cooperation with the state attorney general’s office,” the police said in an email to News6.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Orange City Police Detectives at 386-775-9999.

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