FMPD, LCSO update public on task force meant to cut down on crime

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The arrest count for a joint task force between the Fort Myers Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office now stands at 134.

Forty-one of those arrested, remain in jail.

The effort began after a night of shootings in Fort Myers, in which several people were wounded. A dozen officers from both agencies now work the streets in high crime areas.

“The main target is still violent criminals and getting them locked up,” said Fort Myers Police Chief Dennis Eads.

Despite the high number of arrests, police are still searching for suspects in recent shootings including the Thanksgiving Day murder of Samson Morency, and the ZombiCon shooting in downtown Fort Myers.

“We’re making progress in the case,” said Eads, referring to the ZombiCon shooting, but refusing to elaborate.

Eads says the police department and sheriff’s office will likely meet once again in January 2016, to assess the joint task force, and decide whether to continue with it.

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