Burlington-born cop Robert German gunned down in Florida
Robert German, 31, shot by teenagers after roadside stop, authorities say
Funeral plans have been announced for a Burlington, Ont.-born U.S. police officer who was fatally shot on the weekend in central Florida.
Officer Robert German was killed Saturday after stopping two teenagers along a road in Windermere, a town of 3,000 about 24 kilometres west of Orlando.
Windermere police said German was born in Burlington and moved to Florida with his family when he was five. Authorities say he'd worked for the department for five years.
The 31-year-old had called for backup before dawn on Saturday as he prepared to stop and question two pedestrians walking down a road in Windermere.
Several Orange County sheriff's deputies arrived to find German dead in the road. Officers then heard two gunshots and found the bodies of two teens a short distance away.
Authorities say the teens apparently committed suicide.
Officials identified the suspects as Brandon Goode, 18, and Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, who Facebook posts indicate had moved to Florida from Manchester, England, with her family. The teens left suicide notes, police said.
Goode and Hollinghurst lived in Davenport, Florida, 30 miles south of where the gun deaths occurred. Their local sheriff's office had reported the two as "missing endangered" because of the notes, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The teenagers' car was found on Monday morning in Kissimmee, about halfway between Davenport and Windermere, authorities said. Sheriff's officials declined to release the contents of the suicide notes while the investigation continues.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.
German's graveside services and burial will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sanford, Fla. Services are open to the public.
The sheriff's office said the teens apparently died from self-inflicted gunshots.
The medical examiner's office has not released a report with the official cause of death.
With files from Reuters