Standoff ends in fatal shooting

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 11:38 p.m.
RAINBOW LAKES ESTATES - A heavily armed man was shot dead in the driveway of his home in Rainbow Lakes Estates on Wednesday morning when members of the Marion County sheriff's Special Weapons and Tactics team fired at him.
The shooting ended a nearly 10-hour standoff that started when a deputy tried to arrest the man on a warrant for violation of probation.
At about 7:30 a.m., two SWAT team members opened fire on David Lee Orens, 43, after he ignored a command to drop an assault rifle and instead pointed the weapon at the deputies, sheriff's Capt. Dennis Strow said.
Orens was pronounced dead at the scene. The two SWAT team deputies who fired at Orens have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation into the shooting death. Sheriff's Office policy requires that when a deputy is involved in the death of a suspect the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conduct the investigation.
Strow said the standoff started at 9:53 p.m. Tuesday, when Deputy Darius Medina went to the home to arrest Orens on a Hernando County warrant for violation of probation on a burglary conviction. Orens first talked to Medina through a window and then opened the front door while holding a handgun to his head, Strow said.
He said Medina retreated to take cover and call for backup. Orens went back inside before emerging again armed with a rifle. He then barricaded himself in his home and, wearing camouflage fatigues, went back and forth from the home to the thick woods behind the residence.
Police set up a perimeter around the house.
"We were in no hurry to force this situation to a conclusion," Strow said. "We were looking for an opportunity to take him into custody without anyone getting harmed."
At 7:30 a.m., Orens was outside when two deputies approached and ordered him to drop the assault rifle he was carrying at his side, Strow said. Instead, he said, Orens raised the weapon toward the deputies and was shot.

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