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Fla. Police Officer Shot, Suspects' Bodies Found Nearby

A Windermere police officer was shot when he confronted two suspicious people Saturday morning. The suspects are believed to have committed suicide.
Posted at 12:12 PM, Mar 23, 2014

A Florida police officer was fatally shot when he encountered two people he described as suspicious walking on the street early Saturday morning.

Police say Robert German called for backup, and by the time two other officers arrived at the scene, German was alive but lying on the road. (Via News 13)

NBC reports the responding officers also heard shots fired in the distance while they were with German.

Police later found the bodies of the two unidentified suspects about a block away from the scene. It's believed they committed suicide. Authorities say the suspects are a male and female in their late teens or early 20s. (Via WFTV)

Officers took German to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 31 years old.

WOFL reports German was the first officer in the suburban town of Windermere to be killed on duty. He was with the force for five years and had recently returned to the job after recovering from shoulder surgery.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, investigators say they believe the confrontation and shooting incident might have been captured on a body camera German was wearing. They're now reportedly analyzing the device.

The identities of the suspects have not been released. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.