(May 23, 2016)- A suspect is being treated for injuries following an officer involved shooting this morning.
Cape Coral Police Department responded to the 500 block of NW 8th Terrace on a vehicle burglary in progress call at around 1:15 AM.
Patrol and K9 Units responded and set up a perimeter in the area. As Officers arrived, the suspect was located. Armed with a handgun, the suspect fled on foot into a nearby canal.
Cape Coral Police Department SWAT, Crisis Negotiators, Marine Unit, and LCSO Aviation responded to assist. Officers spent over two hours keeping the suspect in sight and attempting to talk the suspect out of the water.
When the suspect pointed his gun at the Officers, Officer(s) fired at the suspect, striking him. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for his injuries.
As a matter of standard procedure, the involved Officer(s) will be placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the internal review of the shooting.
Officers located a stolen vehicle parked in a lot near the burglary victim's residence. Preliminarily, investigators believe the suspect may have driven this vehicle to this neighborhood to commit burglaries. The vehicle also may be linked to a gun store burglary that occurred overnight in North Cape Coral.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. Suspect information will be provided, pending notification of next-of-kin. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341