Monday, September 25, 2017

Ft. Myers Beach woman shot by police identified

a lee county sheriff's office squad car


A woman shot by police on Thursday after pointing a firearm at police has been identified.

Debi Lynn Thorkelson, 54, was shot by a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday after he says the woman pointed a rifle at him while responding to a 911 call, according to a release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a Thursday night briefing by Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, deputies responded to a scene at Lazy Way on Fort Myers beach around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, where they encountered an armed woman.

Marceno said that deputies tried talking to the woman, but she pointed what appeared to be a rifle at deputies.

“Our deputy feared for his life, and at that time he discharged his firearm,” Marceno said. “Unfortunately, the female did not survive the event.”

Marceno said no deputies were injured at the scene, and that the investigation is active and ongoing.

The release states that four deputies have been placed on administrative leave as a result of the incident, which it calls standard protocol for a case of this nature.

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