Two Orlando police officers shot and wounded Friday night while investigating a parked vehicle linked to a Miami homicide are expected to fully recover, Chief Eric Smith says.
The suspect Daton Viel was killed Saturday morning during a barricade incident at a hotel when he reportedly opened fire on Orlando SWAT and the SWAT officers returned fire, WESH reports.
Initially, police were looking for two suspects – then just Viel. Smith explained Viel, who has an extensive criminal history, acted alone. He was the sole suspect.
Chief Smith gave an update on the two officers Sunday while speaking on Fox. "They're doing better. They're in good spirits," Smith said during the interview.
Smith said the two officers still have a long recovery road ahead. The department thanked the community for their support.
“Our officers are lucky to be alive, and we ask you to pray for them,” Smith said.