Five Orlando police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run over a bike cop, fled officers and struck multiple vehicles early Saturday morning, officials said.
The driver, Ta’Von O. Grayson, 22, whose last known addresses are in Seminole County, was listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital, police said. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, but more charges are pending, police said.
The incident started about 1:30 a.m. when a bike-patrol officer attempted to make contact with Grayson, who was driving a white Toyota in a parking garage on Orange Avenue near West Central Boulevard, police said.
Grayson refused to stop for police; instead, he attempted to run over the bike-patrol officer, according to Lovetta Quinn-Henry, OPD spokeswoman.
“The officer was forced to jump out of the path of the suspect’s vehicle,” Quinn-Henry said.
Grayson drove to West Amelia Street and Garland Avenue, where another OPD officer fired shots at him, she said.
But that didn’t stop him: Grayson kept driving and got back on Orange Avenue at Colonial Drive, where he was driving the wrong way and hit two vehicles and two police cruisers, Quinn-Henry said. One of the police cruisers suffered significant damage and had its bumper hanging off.
Five OPD officers then opened fire on Grayson near the intersection of Garland and Colonial, hitting him multiple times, according to Quinn-Henry.
“Police are not looking for any other suspects,” Quinn-Henry said. “None of the officers were injured.”
It is unclear whether Grayson was armed. Grayson, who has a lengthy rap sheet, was on probation for a grand-theft-auto conviction out of Orange County in 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections records. Seminole County court records show Grayson was arrested in January on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting an officer without violence, leaving the scene of a crash, alcohol-related reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.
The five officers who shot at Grayson will be placed on administrative leave pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. This is the fifth incident involving the use of deadly force by Orlando police officers this year.
In May, there were two shootings that involved Orlando police officers firing their weapons. Orlando police fatally shot a 20-year-old man May 21 who officers say was one of three people who robbed and carjacked a food-delivery driver. The next day, May 22, Orlando police shot a Lake Nona man who they say attacked them with a baseball bat.