Fort Myers police shoot at man who points gun at officer

FOX 4 Staff

Willie Jones

Fort Myers police shoot at man who points gun at officer

CREATED Dec. 17, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A 23-year-old Fort Myers man was arrested Sunday night after an officer fired a shot at him when the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer.

The incident happened when police responded to an assault with a firearm call in the 3300 block of South Street.

One officer spotted a man in the vicinity and tried to stop and speak to him but the suspect took off running through a field with heavy brush and into a nearby wooded area.  When the officer caught up with the suspect he pulled out a gun, pointing it at the officer who in turn drew his weapon and fired one shot.

At that point the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.  Willie Jones is charged with resisting an officer without violence, loitering and prowling, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and use of a firearm during a felony.

I'm thankful no one was hurt," said Chief Doug Baker.  "this incident is a testament to the strength and courage of our officers."

Police also arrested 21-year-old Tyler Hamilton for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill for the original crime on South Street.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the use of force.

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