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Sunday, September 25, 2005

OPD mistakenly kills UCF officer

By Jay Hamburg, Erin Cox and Susan Jacobson | Sentinel Staff Writers
Posted September 25, 2005

A pre-game party before the University of Central Florida football home opener turned deadly Saturday when an Orlando police officer shot and killed an undercover university police officer working with state agents to stop illegal drinking.

The dead UCF officer was identified as Mario Jenkins, a four-year veteran with the university police who was in his late 20s.

He was shot by Dennis Smith, a reserve officer for the Orlando Police Department who had retired after 25 years on the force. Smith was placed on administrative leave Saturday night, standard procedure in all shootings by police.

A UCF student also was wounded in the fracas and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. He was identified as Mike Young, in his early 20s, by Rachel Neal, an 18-year-old UCF student who said Young was her boyfriend.


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