PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives were finally able to get into the home by mid-morning Tuesday after shots were fired Monday evening when deputies responded to a complaint at 17492 Foremost Lane in Port Charlotte. Charlotte County Fire was called early this morning to vent the home filled with tear gas that ended the standoff and ultimate arrest of 34-year-old Lisa Marie Christopolus, who lived in the two-story octagon shaped home.
CCSO deputies responded to the residence in reference the complaint of domestic violence and to check the well-being of 34 year old Lisa Marie Christopolus. The deputies initially approached a double glass door to the first floor living room. Receiving no response, they went to another glass doors to the living room and the mother gained entry using a key. The deputies then announced their presence. Christopolus fired three shots from a hand gun; the deputies immediately retreated to safety with the mother.
Further investigation today by Major Crimes Unit detectives revealed the three shots were fired from the top of the stairs into the wall adjacent to the door where the deputies had originally been standing. Two of the rounds penetrated through the wood framed wall and would have struck the deputies standing outside.
During the seven hour standoff, Christopolus refused to exit her home, barricaded the second floor, and was finally grabbed by a SWAT team member as she entered a bedroom where a loaded shotgun was visible. Additional ammunition for the shotgun was found on her person. When taken into custody Christopolus fought with and kicked the arresting deputy.
According toColonel David Bonsall, “The incident is a reminded of the danger deputy’s face daily when responding to domestic violence complaints. In this instance, the rage of the offender was turned against the deputies responding to offer her help.”
Christopolus remains in the Charlotte County Jail on the original charges of Shooting in an Occupied Dwelling, and Battery by Strangulation (of her roommate earlier Monday.) Additional charges are pending this ongoing investigation.