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Suspect Shot by Orlando Officer After Drug Deal

ORLANDO, Fla. --

Undercover drug agents working in the Parramore neighborhood opened fire on a suspect just before 10:30 Friday night.

Police say the shooting happened around Parramore Avenue and South Street near downtown Orlando. Undercover drug agents working for Orlando police told WFTV the suspect sold them drugs and when they moved in to make an arrest he took off.

Investigators say the suspect then did something, making some kind of movement that caused the officer to perceive a threat and open fire.

Nearby residents reported hearing a single gunshot.

The suspect was rushed to ORMC with a gunshot wound, but is expected to survive.

Police say they have the right to shoot if they feel they're in danger.

"When you're running from a police officer or you encounter a police officer, just put your hands up so there's no threat perceived," said Sgt. Vincent Ogburn with Orlando police.

After the shooting the neighborhood was abuzz with friends and family of the suspect who told WFTV the officer was wrong to open fire.

"It's a lot of angry people out here, people are tired of going to this church here to bury their kids," said Parramore resident Chanita Williams.

Police say the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was called in to investigate the shooting. The officer who opened fire has been placed on administrative duty, which is a normal procedure.

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