LCSO deputy shoots suspect who attacked, stabbed him at Bokeelia home
Two people were injured in a deputy-involved shooting Thursday on Aura Lane, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a public assistance call around 1:30 p.m. at a home on the 16000 block of Aura Lane in Bokeelia, according to the sheriff’s office.
Upon arrival, a knife-wielding suspect, identified by his brother as 59-year-old Rickey Beaty, attacked a deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy discharged his firearm at the suspect in fear for his life.
The deputy involved sustained non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said. The suspect was airlifted to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
The deputy was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said.
The major crimes unit will now assume the investigation into this incident.
Regarding the officer involved shooting on Bokeelia:
Our deputy is okay, suffering from non-life threatening injuries. A press conference will be held at 4:30pm in reference to the officer involved shooting.
— Lee County Sheriff (@leesheriff) March 22, 2018
Residents living in the area where the stabbing took place say the noise from police cars and ambulances stripped away the quiet of their serene neighborhood.
“It was just a barrage of emergency vehicles,” said neighbor Terry Cook. “It’s one reason why I’m here—it’s usually very peaceful, calm and quiet.”
Cook says he saw the whole scene unfold.
“They both went to the other side of the house,” Cook said. “Could hear them having a convo. I looked out again and I saw another deputy quickly with their siren on and run into the house.”
Cook says 10 minutes passed from the moment the gunfire rang out to the arrival of the second deputy for the emergency call.
“It was a male—I would say early 60’s, kinda heavy weight, but nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary at that first exchange that I saw,” Cook said.
For those neighbors who knew Beaty, they now want to know how this escalated to a stabbing and shooting incident.
“Finally, we saw the helicopter land in the field here and we finally saw Rick on a stretcher,” said neighbor Greg Hawk. “There was a lot of blood on the pavement where they were loading him up.”