Man arrested after shooting at Cape Coral Police Dept.
An arrest has been made after the suspect shot several rounds at the Cape Coral Police Dept. headquarters and struck a K9 early Monday morning.
The suspect, Michael Wagner Jr., 35, faces charges of two counts of Shooting or Throwing Deadly Missiles into Dwellings, Buildings or Vehicles; and Offense Against Police Dogs.
Julio Padilla said he never imagined his neighbor would get caught in a shooting frenzy. “He’s a quiet, mellow person,” said Padilla, who lives in Cape Coral. “He’s always to himself and he’s always cutting the grass and he’s always friendly, he’s saying, ‘hi’— this and that. So I don’t know what might have happened.”
Padilla lives across the street from Wagner and is one of the many neighbors awakened in the middle of the night by a helicopter and police outside his window. Around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, CCPD officers were called to the 2500 block of SE 8th Ave. about a person who was missing and threatening self-harm, but police were unable to locate him that evening.
A couple of hours later, Wagner was seen wearing dark clothing, firing multiple shots with a handgun at the CCPD headquarters. He then dashed away from the scene. Police found Wagner behind a house on the 1000 block of SE 11th Terr. Before being taken into custody, Wagner struck a police K9.
At around 7:40 a.m., a Cape Coral Public Works Dept. vehicle was found with multiple bullet holes in both the driver side door and window in the area, Wagner was firing shots.
Phillip Roman and Tracy Zawacki told WINK News that they did not know Wagner personally, but are surprised by the news. “I usually walk my dogs every day,” Zawacki said. “He’s sitting outside in his driveway and he’s very pleasant and says hello back. He just seems to be a regular guy.”