LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A traffic stop turned deadly Thursday afternoon, leaving one person is dead, and a Lee County deputy in the hospital with injuries.
It happened on Interstate 75 Northbound, just two miles south of the Lee and Charlotte county line.
Around 4:00 p.m., a Lee County deputy pulled over a car north of Bayshore Road for a traffic violation.
"Pulled a vehicle over, and shortly thereafter, things turned violent," Sheriff Mike Scott said.
Scott says shots were fired. One deputy was injured, and a person inside the vehicle pulled over was killed.
How it all happened is unclear at this point, as those details are part of the ongoing investigation.
"Nothing is routine in traffic," Scott said. "You don't know who you stop when you stop and approach the vehicle. We've got everyone we believe is responsible to this incident accounted for."
I-75 Northbound was shut down for hours as investigators processed the scene, causing a major traffic backup.
As word of the incident spread, family members of the those involved showed up at the scene, and emotions ran high.
The identity of the person killed has not yet been released.
While the identity of the deputy has also not been released, Sheriff Scott expects them to pull through.
"I'm optimistic about that deputy's recovery and condition, which right now I understand is very promising."