September 25, 2005 in Nation/World

Undercover officer shot dead at game

Compiled from wire reports The Spokesman-Review
 

Orlando, Fla. A University of Central Florida police officer was shot to death by an Orlando police officer outside the Citrus Bowl as fans were arriving for a college football game Saturday, authorities said.

Authorities did not immediately release names or the circumstances leading to the shooting, but Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman Geo Morales said the shooting was under investigation.

Witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel that the incident started with an undercover officer breaking up a tailgate party. When he encountered resistance, they said, he fired three shots into the air. An Orlando Police officer then saw the man with the gun and shot him several times, the newspaper said.

Authorities believed a third person was involved, said Barbara Jones, spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department. Jones refused to say if the person was injured.

The shooting occurred before the University of Central Florida’s victory over Marshall University.

Somaliland captures al-Qaida suspects

Mogadishu, Somalia Police in the breakaway republic of Somaliland have detained two suspected al-Qaida militants, raising the number of terror suspects captured in two days to seven, the regional leader said Saturday.

Dahir Riyale Kahin, the president of the internationally unrecognized republic, said the two suspects were detained Friday in the capital, Hargeisa, adding that two other militants were on the run.

The suspects were part of a group who received terrorist training in camps run by Islamic extremists near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Kahin said.

Four other suspects were captured late Thursday after a shootout. A fifth was arrested Friday 20 miles west of the city. Three police officers and one suspect were wounded in the clashes.

Somaliland rulers – like leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and elsewhere in the region – are keen to be perceived as allies in the U.S.-led war against terror.

Three die when copter in Hawaii hits ocean

Haena, Hawaii A tour helicopter crashed into the ocean near Kauai’s rugged Na Pali Coast, killing three people and leaving three others in the waves to swim to shore.

The three survivors reached a reef near the mouth of a stream, where two waited for water safety officers to rescue them and the third made it to the beach, said Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman.

Another man and a woman were pulled from the water by Navy helicopters shortly after the crash Friday afternoon but were pronounced dead at a hospital. The other victim was found dead inside the helicopter. Their names were not released.

The pilot, who survived, told authorities the helicopter had encountered wind shear just before going down, according to Scott Ishikawa, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.


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