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Handcuffed Florida Murder Suspect Grabs and Loads Deputy’s Shotgun while Left Unattended in Car

May 13, 2016  | 

A murder suspect left handcuffed and unsupervised in the backseat of an Orange County Sheriff's Office vehicle broke a divider in the car and twice got his hands on deputies' shotguns, court records show.

The first time, he managed to load the gun before deputies discovered what he was doing, said Capt. Angelo Nieves, a sheriff's office spokesman.

"You had a criminal that was intent on potentially committing additional violence to our deputies," Nieves told the Orlando Sentinel.

Jose Antonio Torres, 29, was arrested after Orange County deputies found him in a missing Casselberry man's truck on Orange Blossom Trail. He later led deputies to the woods where he and Jennifer Smedley, 44, allegedly left the body of James Watrous, 58.

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kevcopAz @ 5/14/2016 9:29 AM

Good that they caught him before something else happened. Don't know how he was cuffed but hopefully it was behind his back k and he was able to twist his hands around. We all learn never to cuff in front but we can get lazy. (if this was the case) We should never to assume once someone is in the "cage" they are harmless, experiences such as these teach us all a lesson. How many of our brothers and sister officers have been killed by a "secure" prisoner in the back seat.

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