Deputies conduct death investigation off Fort Myers Beach near Coast Guard station

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a death investigation off Fort Myers Beach near the U.S. Coast Guard station on San Carlos Island Friday.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC crews and LCSO deputies responded to an incident off Fort Myers Beach. It has since been confirmed as a death investigation with at least one victim.

Close to 4 p.m., LCSO deputies were sent to the Coast Guard station along the 700 block of San Carlos Drive and began conducting the investigation.

Lee County deputy patrol cars sit in front of the U.S. Coast Guard station near Fort Myers Beach in Lee County while marine units respond to boats in the water Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: WINK News.

Crews were surrounding boats off Bowditch Point Park on Fort Myers Beach.

A boat captain we spoke to says they heard others mention gunshots, and he immediately yelled orders at his crew to keep them safe on the water off Bowditch Point.

“Someone shouted, ‘Stop. We’ve heard gunfire,'” Brad Ohlemacher said. “So I turned to everybody in my boat and said, ‘Hit the deck.'”

Ohlemacher did what he needed to protect his crew, as he watched Coast Guard boats swarm the water.

“We didn’t feel safe at the time,” Ohlemacher said.

Ohlemacher said he witnessed law enforcement officers deal with potential suspects.

“In a little red kayak, a guy sitting in it was like this,” Ohlemacher said. “And we could see police had their guns pointed at the guy in the kayak, so they got the guy out of the kayak and into the police boat.”

Tom Land watched near the Coast Guard station. He saw crime scene tape block the road and an ambulance.

“Saw them bringing someone in one boat,” Land said. “Looked like they were handcuffed to the back of the boat.”

Deputies say all parties are accounted for and there are no suspects at large. They say it’s an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.

LCSO is the lead agency handling the death investigation.

Investigators have not confirmed any arrests connected to the investigation. They have also not confirmed shots fired being related to cause of death of the victim at this time. We continue to work to learn the name of the person who died.

“I can’t believe how many law enforcement there were and apparently immediately,” Ohlemacher said. “So that was a very positive thing.”

Writer:WINK News
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