LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Evidence was reviewed during day three of the trial for the man who admittedly shot at a Cape Coral Police officer. Yousel Rivera is accused of Attempted First Degree Murder against Officer David Wagoner.
Today, a forensics officer was looking over evidence from the night of the shooting, as the prosecution tried to connect Rivera to the evidence. Among the items displayed this morning were Officer Wagoner's uniform shirt, his bulletproof vest and the bullets that were fired at Wagoner.
Forensics examiner John Dahowski testified today, saying there were three rounds found at the scene that were fired at Wagoner, and another two still in the revolver that allegedly belonged to Rivera. Two of those rounds hit Wagoner's bulletproof vest, and the third hit him in the abdomen. The part of the vest that was hit was removed to be tested as a separate piece of evidence in the case, which forensics supervisor Lawrence Stringham displayed for the jury. There were also seven casings found that were allegedly fired by Officer Wagoner at the vehicle Rivera was allegedly fleeing the scene in.
The defense is currently presenting its case. The prosecution rested its case earlier today. Lawyers called the trauma surgeon who treated Officer Wagoner at Lee Memorial Hospital to the stand as their final witness. She testified the area where Officer Wagoner was hit could have been fatal, had it not been for his bulletproof vest.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations by Monday.