Children barricaded inside apartment

BREAKING: 4 children being held hostage by man who shot an officer in the neck, officials say

A Florida police officer was injured Sunday night after a male suspect opened fired when the officer responded to a domestic dispute call in Orlando, officials say. The suspect is reportedly now holding four children hostage inside an apartment.

Orlando Sentinel reports that the man barricaded himself in an apartment home at the Westbrook Apartments complex at 4932 Eaglesmere Drive in Orlando. The officer responded to a domestic disturbance call at around 11:45 p.m. on Sunday when the man opened fire, striking the officer in the neck.

The officer is currently recovering at the hospital. Orlando Police Chief John Mina indicated that although the officer sustained a “significant injury,” he’s expected to survive.

Meanwhile, the unidentified suspect remains barricaded inside the apartment home with four children, ages 1, 7, 10 and 12. A SWAT team was at the scene earlier this morning, attempting to negotiate with the suspect.

“Our main concern right now is the safety of the children in that apartment,” Mina said. “Hopefully he peacefully surrenders.”

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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