LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The State Attorney's Office has concluded their investigation into a shooting last June involving Lee County Sheriff's Deputies Frank Trestka and Dan Cote. They have found the action of the offìcers involved in the incident were a legally justifiable use of deadly force, in defense of themselves or others. The State Attorney's Office will not be filing any criminal charges regarding the incident.
Carlos Joseph Charles was shot during a traffic stop on I-75 in June 28 of last year. Trestka remembered Charles from a prior traffic stop, in which he learned Charles had an extensive and violent criminal history. A K-9 sniff of the vehicle and subsequent search led to the discovery of a large amount of cocaine on the floorboard of the vehicle. Charles allegedly fought deputies during his arrest, attempting to take Trestka's firearm at one point. It was then that the gun went off. Tretska said he fired, but didn't think he hit Charles and called out for someone to shoot him. Cote shot Charles through the windshield. Charles sustained gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
I-75 was shut down for hours during the incident and investigation. Click here to read the original story.