Man kills four children, himself in Florida hostage situation


About five blocks from the apartment, two police squad cars blocked the entrance to the street. Lindsey fired at responding officers, seriously wounding one of them.

Judy Pepper, who lives in the unit just below Lindsey told the Orlando Sentinel she was awoken by four loud gunshots. The policeman was hospitalized, his condition doctors estimate as critical.

The four hostages are ages one, seven, 10 and 12, police said. The Medical Examiner's office declined to comment.

The scene outside the Orlando apartment complex where Lindsey allegedly shot a police officer and held four children hostage. Then there was reportedly an exchange of gunfire and an officer was hit with at least one bullet.

Police responded to a call from a woman who said that she was being beaten by her boyfriend.

The names of the suspect and officer involved in the incident have not yet been made public.

Speaking about Valencia's shooting, Mina said, "It's hard, it's very traumatic", and added, "We're just praying that he's gonna be okay". "In these types of situations, that's our biggest concern". He is out of surgery and expected to survive. An officer was able to return fire, the police chief said.

Apartment building resident Nicole Gonzalez told CNN affiliate WESH that Lindsey had been friendly and helpful when she had encountered him previously. Police said a man suspected of battering his girlfriend wounded a police officer late Sunday and barricaded himself inside an apartment with several young children. "He has four hostages, all children".

Lindsey was a felon who on probation for arson and other crimes, including domestic violence. "He has spoken with us a couple of times, but has hung up the phone on us a couple of times, too".

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"We heard gunshots, and I saw through the window that the policeman was down", neighbour Miguel Lopez said.

Benenati, who employs the woman's father, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for funeral expenses.

It's not clear whether the gunman or children have been injured in the standoff.

The standoff caused residents Miguel Lopez and Maria Tapia to evacuate their apartment.

Lindsey was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the charges were later dropped after the victim indicated she wouldn't assist the prosecution.

He also punched the TV screen with his fist, and destroyed another television in the home.

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As the woman left, she spotted Lindsey retrieving two gasoline cans.