LEE COUNTY, Fla.- On Tuesday, August 28, the Fort Myers Police Department arrested 27-year-old Ernest Barnes of Lehigh Acres, for aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
On Monday, officers responded to a disturbance at 2216 Altamonte Avenue. Detectives learned that 22-year-old Stefanie Bianco, of Fort Myers, was walking to a friend’s house when Barnes, a former boyfriend, pulled up next to her and demanded she get in his car. When Bianco refused, Barnes got out a gun and forced her in the car.
A friend of the victim, 31-year-old Kenneth Graves, of Fort Myers, attempted to stop Barnes from leaving with Bianco. The two men exchanged words and during the confrontation Barnes suffered a gunshot wound from his own weapon.
Evidence and witness testimony leads police to believe Barnes accidentally shot himself during the altercation.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Fort Myers Police are investigating a shooting that took place Altamont Avenue Monday afternoon.
Ernest Barnes was shot twice. The 27-year-old drove himself to the hospital.
At 12:30 p.m., the Fort Myers Police Department received a call in reference to a disturbance at 2216 Altamont Avenue. The caller stated that two males and a female were fighting in front of the business. While responding to the call officers were advised that a shooting had occurred. All of the participants attempted to flee the scene upon the arrival of officers.
The female suspect and one male suspect fled to a residence located at 2240 Euclid Avenue. Police had information that the male suspect was armed. Officers surrounded the home and began ordering them to come outside using the public address system. After a short period of time, police made phone contact with the male suspect. The suspect agreed to surrender to police. In addition, police detained three females who were also inside the home.