CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Covington man was shot and killed by police inside the Orlando Regional Medical Center on Monday,
Police said 33-year-old Brian Baker was making threats and claimed he had a gun.
Baker’s family said he went to the hospital early Monday morning complaining of chest pain. They said he recently relapsed and was trying to move home to Covington for a fresh start.
“He didn’t have to die,” his family said.
Officials told FOX 35 WOFL that Baker made threats to shoot anyone who came near him. Police said the threats continued for more than hour.
“He made movements consistent with moving, pulling for a firearm and he was shot and killed by three officers here.” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.
Baker’s father, Darren, said the last time he talked with his son was Sunday night. He said Brian asked him to buy him a bus ticket, so he could come home and get treatment for drug problems.
“They should have never shot him. They didn’t have to," he said.
Darren admits his son isn’t perfect, but insists his son needed help and didn’t get it.
“There could’ve been three heroes that day, but instead there’s three people that have a man’s life they took for no reason. And that’s kind of hard to accept," he said.
It was later discovered that Baker did not actually have a gun, police told FOX 35 WOFL.
“I think if the patients nearby hadn’t needed care from the hospital right away, we would have tried to talk him, talk to him longer, and crisis negotiators did try to get him to peacefully surrender, which he did not," Mina said.
The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is going to investigate the shooting.
Brian’s family organized a GoFundMe page to bring him home and help with funeral expenses.