LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The jury has found Yousel Rivera guilty as charged of Attempted First Degree Murder. Rivera admitted to shooting at Cape Coral Police Officer David Wagoner in 2011.
The jury went in for deliberations around 9:30 this morning. The jury had the option of finding him guilty of a lesser offense, such as First Degree Manslaughter.
Closing arguments wrapped up last night. The prosecution recapped testimony from the past week, saying the three shots Rivera fired were premeditated, but the defense argued he did not consciously intend to shoot at Officer Wagoner.
The Cape Coral Police Department released the following statement in regards to the verdict:
"The Cape Coral Police Department would like to thank State Attorney Steve Russell and his prosecutorial team for their hard work and dedication in making the State's case. We would also like to thank the members of the jury for their time and service, understanding the burden that this has placed on them and their families. We also want to take this time to thank the men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department- Police Officers, Detectives, Forensic and Evidence Personnel, for their tireless efforts in putting together the best possible criminal case. The Cape Coral Police Department respects the jury's decision and the hard work that it took to arrive at this guilty verdict. Finally, we want to thank the community for the overwhelming support that has been shown towards Officer Wagoner since this all began.
Today's guilty verdict marks an end to a long and painful chapter in the life of Officer Dave Wagoner, and in the history of the Cape Coral Police Department. We ask that the media be mindful of this in the coming days and weeks, so as to allow the Wagoners time to process this as a family."