Arrest made in Estero deputy-involved shooting

FORT MYERS, Fla. A suspect has been arrested in connection with a deputy-involved shooting Tuesday near U.S. 41 and Coconut Road, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Litray Maurice Bell, 28, is facing charges of aggravated battery on an officer, fleeing and eluding, hit and run, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and driving on a suspended license, according to an arrest report.

Bell, who has been arrested 11 times in Lee County, was named one of county’s most wanted in 2011. He’s previously faced charges ranging from battery to fraud to drug dealing.

Tuesday’s incident began around 4 p.m. when a narcotics unit detective tried to arrest Bell after following him as part of an undercover drug operation.

He resisted arrest, got in his vehicle and tried to run over the detective, Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said.

The detective then shot at Bell, according to Marceno.

It’s unclear if Bell was hit by gunfire or if the detective was struck by the vehicle.

The detective was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Marceno said. Bell was later taken into custody after barricading himself in a home off Corkscrew Road.

It’s unclear exactly where that home is, but several deputy cars were seen by Corkscrew Road and Burgundy Farms Road, several miles away from the original scene.

He’s in custody on $132,500 bond after making a first appearance Wednesday morning. His next court date is set for May 22.


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