Fort Myers police identify David Dotts as suspect in chase, officer-involved shooting

Officers say David Dotts of Fort Myers tried to enter a secure area…

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Fort Myers Police PIO gives time line of events that led to officer involved shooting in Fort Myers

Fort Myers Police PIO gives time line of events that led to officer involved shooting in Fort Myers

Andrew West, Fort Myers News-Press

The Fort Myers Police Department identified a suspect Thursday who led officers on a chase Wednesday morning and was shot by an officer.

David Dotts, 37, of Fort Myers led police on a chase through downtown ending in a retention pond on Fowler Street, according to Kristin Capuzzi, public information officer with the department.

Dotts was booked into Lee County Jail on Thursday afternoon. He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, hit-and-run leaving the scene of a crash with damage to property and fleeing and eluding an officer.

Officers say Dotts on  Wednesday tried to enter a secure area of the Fort Myers Police Department. It’s unclear whether he was armed at any time during the incident.

The investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by Fort Myers Police Department. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate whether the officer, who wasn’t named and was placed paid administrative leave as per department policy, acted accordingly during the incident and whether the discharge of his agency-issued firearm was justifiable.

Dozens of officers had descended on the scene, several wading into chest-deep waters to apprehend Dotts. They gave several commands to him before pulling him from the car.

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Police had followed the driver and attempted to make a felony traffic stop blocks away on Fowler Street, just south of Thompson Street. 

One officer fired his gun and the suspect drove into the retention pond, Capuzzi said.

The last officer-involved shooting in Lee County took place in March as two Cape Coral police officers shot and killed Christopher Lefande, who the department said approached the officers with a gun drawn on the 2600 block of Northwest 9th Street.

Both Cape Coral officers remain on administrative duty in plain clothes performing desk duties, the department confirmed.


The State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the investigation into the March 11 shooting remains active.

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