Sheriff: Man shot after bringing gun into jail booking room

Orange County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Eric Stanley
Orange County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Eric Stanley (WKMG 2020)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man who held a four people captive while being booked into the Orange County Jail in Orlando on Saturday night was shot by deputies and officers who had been negotiating with him for more than an hour.

Eric Jefferson Stanley, 25, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a shoulder injury that is not considered life threatening, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a news conference. Stanley is expected to appear before a judge in Orlando on Monday. He's charged with is facing multiple felony charges.

Mina told news outlets that Stanley was arrested with one other person on drug charges Saturday evening. He managed to slip off the flex cuffs he was restrained with and pulled a gun. Officials didn’t say how he managed to get the gun inside the booking area of the jail.

Stanley pointed the gun at a corrections officer and told him to get on the ground, Mina said. He spotted a jail nurse who was hiding under a desk. During a struggle, a deputy was hit in the face, Mina said.

The nurse attempted to flee, but Stanley fired shots preventing her from leaving the area. Law enforcement officers fired shots from outside, hitting Stanley in the shoulder, the sheriff said.

“We were able to negotiate with him for an hour and a half through the PA system at the jail. He threw the gun away, and it was at that point our SWAT team moved in and secured him.”

He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Stanley is charged with three counts of armed kidnapping and aggravated assault with a firearm as well as aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

The deputy was treated for injuries to his face.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. The deputy and officer involved are on administrative leave pending that investigation.

Jail records did not indicate whether Stanley has a lawyer.