A Cape Coral Police Officer has been shot tonight on a traffic stop.
The officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Santa Barbara Blvd just North of Pine Island Road at approximately 1am. When he approached the car, the passenger shot the officer three times in the torso. The officer returned fire but it is unknown if he hit the suspect. The suspect vehicle fled northbound on Santa Barbara Blvd and crashed into a home approximately a quarter mile away. The female driver and male passenger ran from the crash scene. K9 officers and Aviation units as well as patrol officers are searching the area at this time for the suspects. The officer was conscious and transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.
The media command post is located at the gas station located at Pine Island Road and Santa Barbara Blvd NE corner.
More information will be provided as it is known.
As of 4:15am, the shooter is in custody. The Cape Coral Police Officer is stable. The investigation is ongoing, names of the officer as well a the suspect are not being released at this time.
Please be patient as the investigation continues. We will release more information as the investigation allows.