Deltona, FL – Police have released bodycam footage of a 2016 gunfight with a man who shot his wife in front of their children (video below).
The incident took place on the afternoon of July 24, 2016, when Emmanuel locked his wife, Victoria Rosado, and their three children inside the family home, and refused to let them leave, WFTV reported.
Victoria was trying to separate from her husband, and the couple was arguing over child custody issues, she later told police.
She was able to lock herself inside a bedroom and she call 911.
Victoria told the dispatcher that Emmanuel had a 9mm handgun in his waistband, but that she did not believe he was a threat to officers.
“I don’t believe he would do anything stupid,” she told the dispatcher. “He is very respectful when it comes to authority.”
Victoria told her husband that he needed to put the weapon away before police arrived.
“Why?” he asked, according to WFTV.
“Because they know you have a weapon,” Victoria told him. “Just leave! I know you are not going to do anything but to make it safe for them. When they come in here, they don't shoot you, OK? Please go put it away.”
Approximately seven minutes into the call, the dispatcher heard a scream, and the connection was cut off.
Investigators later learned that Emmanuel had shot Victoria in the leg.
The video, captured by Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Cheek’s bodycam, showed him as he arrived at the Rosado residence, at nearly the same moment that the 911 call was disconnected.
“Sounds like we’ve got shots fired,” Deputy Cheek said in the video, as he moved towards the family’s home on foot.
Another shot rang out as the deputy reached the corner of the house.
“Sheriff’s office! Come outside!” Deputy Cheek commanded.
“They’re right here in this room, but I’ve got no cover,” the deputy said.
He moved towards the front door of the home, which Emmanuel then barricaded.
Deputy Cheek turned and rushed away from the house, and took cover behind the trunk of a tree.
“After second shot fired, subject’s barricading the house,” he said in the video. “He’s locked the front door. Closing all blinds.”
Victoria was able to escape through a window at the front of the residence, and began crawling on her hands and knees towards the driveway, as Emmanuel opened fire on police through the window just behind her.
Deputy Cheek returned fire, and Victoria continued to crawl towards the driveway, where she was pulled to safety by Deputy Justin Ferrari, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) said in a Facebook post.
The video then showed perspectives from various responding officers as they converged on the scene.
“We have kids inside the house,” Deputy Cheek said.
“I gotcha, I gotcha,” Deputy Ferrari was heard telling Victoria as he dragged her across the yard.
“Sir?” she said. “My kids are in there.”
“I know... I know,” he said, as the video jumped back to bodycam footage of Deputy Cheek being “pinned down” by the gunman.
Moments later, the officers began converging on the rear portion of the home, while Deputy Ferrari ushered Victoria’s children – ages 23 months to 7 years old – to safety, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
The children and officers were all uninjured.
The video showed officers as they directed Emmanuel to walk backwards towards them with his hands raised, and then placed him into custody.
“Previously, due to the ongoing prosecution of the shooter in this case, additional video showing the heroic actions of other deputies responding to this call was never released,” the VCSO said in their Facebook post.
“Now that a jury has convicted the defendant of attempted second-degree murder, we are able to share a more complete picture of the events of that day, and the outstanding work of the deputies who responded,” the department said.
Emmanuel faces up to life in prison, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
His sentencing date had not been scheduled.
You can see the video of the gunfight and rescue below: