Family of man shot, killed by Winter Park police at wedding reception demands answers year later

The family of a man shot and killed by Winter Park police outside of a wedding reception one year ago this week are continuing to demand answers.

Daniel Knight’s family held a news conference on Tuesday asking for the state attorney’s office to release the results of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigation into the Feb 19, 2022 shooting at the Winter Park Library and Events Center.


Police were called to the events center after someone reported  a man attacking people at a wedding reception. It quickly escalated into an officer-involved shooting, and Daniel Knight was killed.

Since days following the shooting, his family has continued to say that Knight wasn’t violent, acting only in self-defense when he swung at police. But body camera and surveillance video depict a different picture.

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That’s why his family’s lawyers are calling for the FDLE report to be released.

“He was provoked, and yes he was drunk and swung and hit an officer, did not hit a second officer,” attorney Guy Rubin said.

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The mother of Knight’s children, Mellisa Cruz, said in a short statement Tuesday, that, “he didn’t deserve it.”

Winter Park police said the case was a tragic event that resulted in a loss of life, but since it’s an active investigation the department said it would not comment further. FDLE hasn’t responded to Channel 9′s requests for comment.

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