Before police say Officer Eduardo Sanguino's stray bullet fatally struck an innocent woman during a downtown confrontation with an armed man, he was a model cop who showed great initiative and had a "can-do attitude," his latest annual review stated.
Sanguino has been working for the Orlando Police Department less than three years and had aspirations of leaving the downtown Bike Patrol Unit to eventually join the SWAT team. He managed to exceed his supervisors' expectations in every way, his review said.
"I am impressed with the 'can do' attitude Ed displays and the amount of self-initiated activity he does each shift," wrote Samuel Riggi, one of two people who reviewed Sanguino. "Ed clearly wants to make [a] difference for the community he serves. Ed has expressed an interest in joining the SWAT team, and based upon his attitude and work ethic, I believe he will attain."
The review also said Sanguino's judgment and decision making exceeds department standards and added that he was able to make "appropriate decisions" and respond with "appropriate tactics/ force" while assessing emergency situations.
But now, Sanguino is on paid administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates what led to the Tuesday morning death of bar patron Maria Fernanda Godinez, 22.
Sanguino fired nine rounds at 23-year-old Kody Roach, who was armed with a stolen but unloaded gun that got him kicked out of the bar earlier in the night, his arrest report said.
Fernanda Godinez, who went by Maria Castillo on Facebook, was killed in Vixen Bar by a stray bullet from Sanguino's gun, Police Chief John Mina said.
Officer Jeff Angel, who police say attempted to shock Roach with a stun gun before Sanguino opened fire is also on paid leave. His most recent review also commended his work. Although Angel only showed enough initiative to meet the OPD standard, he exceeded expectations in every other aspect of the review process, his supervisors wrote.
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