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Florida man dead after getting in mall shootout

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) — A man died in a shootout with police officers at an Orlando mall Saturday night, according to the Orlando Police Department.

NBC affiliate WESH reported that the situation began when 19-year-old Sebastian Sepulveda Roman was asked to leave the Mall at Millenia at around 7:12 p.m.

Police said once he was escorted outside, Sepulveda Roman pulled out a gun and began firing. An off-duty officer working at the mall then chased the suspect and called for backup.

Police said the off-duty officer did not fire his gun at the time out of concern for civilians in the parking lot.

Another on-duty officer found the suspect outside a restaurant across the street from the mall. Orlando police said the suspect then got into a shootout in the restaurant parking lot with the police until he was fatally wounded.

Police told WESH it is not known whether he was killed from a gunshot from police officers or from his own weapon. However, Sepulveda Roman’s gun was said to be stolen.

The investigation is still underway by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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