COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Officers are investigating a shooting at the 7-Eleven, located at 1183 Airport-Pulling Road South, that happened shortly before 9:00 a.m.
The man who was shot has been identified as 49-year-old Duane Alan Gregory, of East Naples. He is listed in stable condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Gregory is a resident of St. Matthew’s House and has a lengthy criminal history. He is a convicted felon. His last contact with CCSO was October 8th.
A concerned citizen called the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to report that he saw a suspicious man drinking beer at the 7-Eleven. The caller said the man appeared to have a gun and was sitting near a Dumpster under a tree on the property, which is located in a heavily populated and busy area of Collier County.
The caller described the man as an older white male, with a balding hairline. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt and blue shorts, the caller said.
The preliminary investigation indicates that deputies responded and made contact with the man at 8:54 a.m. and confirmed that he had what appeared to be a firearm. The man threatened the deputies and one of the deputies shot the man.
Deputies say although it appeared realistic, investigators determined that the gun in Gregory’s possession was not genuine.
The man was initially transported to Naples Community Hospital and later transported to Lee Memorial.
The CCSO Major Crimes Bureau is investigating. A parallel administrative investigation is being conducted per agency policy. Once the Major Crimes Bureau investigation is complete it will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for review.
In accordance with agency policy, the two deputies at the scene have been placed on administrative leave.