Vest Saves Fla. Deputy, Suspect Fatally Shot

ORLANDO, Fla. --

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a man who stabbed a bar manager was shot and killed after he fired at deputies early Friday morning.

Officials said Deputy Daniel Shapiro, 27, was released from Orange County Medical Center just after 6 a.m.

"The deputies did what they needed to do to go home this morning," Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Demings said the deputy's bullet proof vest protected him from deadly injury. Demings said the deputy's condition is serious.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened after deputies responded to Betty's Laughing Horse Tavern at 907 North Goldenrod Rd., where a stabbing was reported at 3 a.m.

The stabbing victim, the bar's manager, is being treated at the Orlando Regional Medical Center. His condition is serious.

Officials said the unidentified manager was cut and stabbed several times.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies were administering first aid to the stabbing victim when the shooter fired at them.

The sheriff said he was disturbed by the fact that the assailant shot at deputies who were assisting a hurt man.

Bar owner Betty Kelley said the manager on duty was filling in for her at the time of the incident because she went home early with the flu.

Kelley said the tavern has been in business for 27 years and has never seen this kind of crime there.

The names of the victim and the shooter have not yet been released.

Demings said Deputy Hector Lopez, 41, was also at the scene at the time of the shooting and was not injured.

Officials said both Lopez and Shapiro fired their weapons during the shooting.

Law enforcement officials said their investigation remains ongoing.

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