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Winter Park, Florida — The Winter Park Police Department released body camera video and a 911 call, from the February night when an officer fatally shot 39-year-old Daniel Knight at his niece’s wedding reception. Officers were dispatched at 9:39 p.m. on Feb. 19 to the Winter Park Events Center. A 911 caller described an “irate,” and possibly drunk, guest at the wedding reception. The caller told police the guest was “being violent” and later added that he pushed two people to the floor of the ballroom. Video footage recorded by the venue cameras show guests removing the subject from the ballroom to the outside through an east side doorway.
Two Winter Park police officers got to the scene, reports states that one officers began speaking with Knight but was physically attacked by Knight, leaving the officer unconscious and on the ground. Knight then physically attacked the second arriving officer as a crowd began to surround the injured officer. During the physical altercation, the officer shot the man. Seven gunshots are audible in the footage. Several people, guests and police officers, can be seen performing chest compressions on Knight. Knight ultimately did not survive the shooting. The officers were taken to a hospital to be checked, according to police, and the officer who shot Knight was placed on administrative duty.
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0:00 – 911 Call
2:20 – Bodycam: Officer #1
18:32 – Bodycam: Officer #2