CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape Coral Police have identified the man killed overnight in an officer involved shooting. Police have identified the man as Mark Chernin.
The shooting happened on SE 15th Street in Cape Coral early Monday morning. The quiet Cape Coral neighborhood woke up to gun shots in the middle of the night.
"We heard popping," says Julie Bryant. Neighbors say Mark Chernin and his wife were having an altercation right in the middle of the road.
"I saw here by the van with the door open and Mark was in the middle of the road standing with the rifle pointed up in the air. I made contact with her and looked at him and thought domestic dispute," says Jim Fendick.
In the middle of the fight, neighbors say the wife brought out the couples daughter to try and calm her father down. According to the police report, at least eight shots were fired in four different homes before police shot him dead.
"I knew it wasn't good when I saw him in the middle of the street," says Fendick. "I knew something good wasn't coming out of this."
Fendick has lived across the street from Mark and his family for nearly a decade. He says his neighbor owned two hobby shops. "He would always bring stuff home from the hobby shop and be in the driveway playing with it by himself."
"Just a very nice quiet family," says Bryant. "We didn't ever hear any problems or anything. It's really quite shocking everything that's happened here."
Per standard procedure, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.