Burger King Employee Killed After Florida Customer Complains About Delayed Order

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A Burger King employee in Orange County, Florida, is dead after an unsatisfied customer resorted to violence. Authorities found the employee, Desmond Armond Joshua, 22, suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the restaurant on the evening of Aug. 1. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting took place at around 7:30 p.m. when the drive-thru of the fast-food chain was experiencing an influx of customers, ClickOrlando.com reports.

According to witness testimony, while employees were trying to fulfill customers’ orders, one woman, who was upset about the delay, exited her vehicle and claimed she was going to have “her man” come to the restaurant. As a result, the woman was given a refund for her $40 order and was asked to leave the establishment.

Instead of leaving, the woman briefly waited in her black sedan and then drove off, only to return with a man in a white truck. A 37-year-old man named Kelvis Rodriguez-Tormes exited the vehicle and demanded to fight Joshua, who had only been on the job for a few days.

After one witness attempted to break up the fight between the men, Rodriguez-Tormes put Joshua in a headlock and began choking him, recovered video of the incident showed, according to the affidavit. Rodriguez-Tormes then reportedly returned to his vehicle and told Joshua, “You got two seconds before I shoot you.” 

Moments later, Rodriguez-Tormes shot Joshua and left the scene along with the black sedan.

The police have since interviewed Rodriguez-Tormes and the woman who complained about the service at the Burger King restaurant. Records show that after the incident, the suspect took apart the gun used in the shooting and placed it “in a location which cannot be located.”

Rodriguez-Tormes has been charged with destruction of evidence, first-degree murder with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The unnamed woman has not been arrested.

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