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  • 23 March 2014, 16:07

Officer And Two Others Shot Dead In Florida

A police officer and two people he stopped for questioning have been found shot dead in Florida.

Robert German, 31, called for backup after seeing a young man and woman acting suspiciously at around 4am on Saturday in Windermere, 15 miles west of Orlando.

When police arrived they heard gunshots and found Mr German fatally wounded, said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

An unnamed man and woman matching the description of the pair stopped were found dead nearby and it was likely they had killed themselves, he told a news conference.

Mr German was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation into the "senseless tragedy" is ongoing, said Windermere Police Chief David Ogden.

"Officer German was a good cop," he said.

Mr German had been with the department for five years and recently returned to duty after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Windermere has a population of about 3,000 people and one of the lowest crime rates in Florida, Mayor Gary Bruhn said.

He said it was the first line-of-duty death in the town's history.

"Violent crime is just not something that happens in the town of Windermere," Mr Bruhn said. "So it's really, really difficult."