Army veteran gunned down by police in alleged carjacking denied bail – WFTV
ORLANDO, Fla – A US Army veteran gunned down by Orlando police in an alleged carjacking last week will not receive bail.
Mark Longwell, lawyer for Stefan Haskins, 35, was in court Thursday morning asking a judge for his release for mental health treatment.
“I think if we can get him assessed and treated for his mental health, it might help allay the court’s current concerns and get him the help he needs,” Longwell said.
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Haskins, who remains in hospital after being shot by police, was not in court when the judge dismissed the request.
Kristen Haskins has described her son as a “good guy” but suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after watching his friends die in combat in Iraq.
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She said her son sought treatment from the VA and may have experienced an episode the night he was shot.
On December 30, police intervened at Vista Verde apartments near Hiwassee Road after neighbors reported seeing a man with a gun.
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When officers arrived, they said they saw Haskins running with a gun and believed he was trying to hijack someone in the car when he pointed the gun at them.
Officers then opened fire, hitting Haskins in the face, arm and chest.
Haskins could have another bail hearing in the coming weeks where his lawyer can present a more detailed treatment plan.
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