Suspect in shooting of Orlando cop has arrest history from age 9

Suspect in shooting of Orlando cop has arrest history from age 9

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Two suspects in the overnight shooting of an Orlando Police officer are in custody, investigators say.

Demetrius Patterson, 23, was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of Officer Jason Hajek.  He denies the allegations he shot the 24-year-old Hajek.

"I ain' t did nothing," Patterson said as he limped past television cameras Tuesday afternoon.

Patterson is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement and possession of a firearm.  The identity of the second suspect has not yet been released.

Hajek was shot in the abdomen and leg while conducting a traffic stop at about 2:30 a.m., police say.  He had pulled over a vehicle at Roseboro Street near Bruton Boulevard for driving recklessly. Two men emerged from the vehicle; one shot Hajek and fled on foot, police said.

A wounded Hajek returned fire while lying in the bushes, according to police Chief Paul Rooney.

"This officer did such a good job after getting shot -- lying in the bushes to give out an exact location, to give out suspect info -- and that's how we were able to respond so quick. One of our lieutenants who is a paramedic... he was able to administer first aid right away, and the surgeon said that really helped a lot," Rooney said.

"It was like 'Pop! Pop!' and I was like, 'What is that?' and I didn't think about it till I see the lights flashing," said neighbor Ruby Darling who lives next to the home where Patterson was arrested.  According to investigators, Patterson hid in the house.

"They kept telling him to come out," said Darling.  "When they pulled up to the yard, I knew that they were going in there, and that's when they broke the window."

Negotiators convinced Patterson to surrender, said Darling.

"He must have been upstairs, and they said 'Just keep coming down the stairs! Keep coming!' They said 'Let me hear your voice! Let me hear your voice!'  So I guess they would know where he was, and he kept coming and he had to crawl, because he had been hit."

Hajek was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he emerged from surgery at about 6 a.m.

"I have grave concerns with the number of officer involved shootings... and officers in general," Rooney said.

Patterson, who had a birthday yesterday, has a long arrest history and got out of Florida prison in October 2012, according to state records. Orlando Police say Patterson's arrest history goes back to the age of 9.  

Police say he has been arrested on 26 felony and 16 misdemeanor charges, including: grand theft, burglary, possession of a weapon, possession of drugs, and fleeing a law enforcement officer.  In addition, investigators say Patterson violated probation 12 times and had 18 contempt of court charges for failing to appear.

Patterson is expected to make a first appearance before a judge on Wednesday.


FOX 35's Valerie Boey contributed to this report.

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