The Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fort Myers was closed for shootings
Andrew West, news press
A police officer from Fort Myers arrives at the hospital on Saturday night. Martin Luther King was shot Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers is in a stable condition.
Prison officials who have been in hospital since the arrival of the official go to the hospital now.
Police officers said when leaving the building that the officer was in a stable condition.
Fort Myers Police Spokesman Mitch Haley and Fort Myers Chief of Police Derrick Diggs said they could not confirm the condition of the police officer at this time.
In a post on her Instagram account, Fort Myers police say the police officer is "critical." Still, it's stable and needs more prayer.
"Thank you for the overwhelming response from kind words and help from several agencies during this tragic time," reads the post.
Shooting took place around 7:30 pm near the Marathon gas station at 3915 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The officer was in surgery at Lee Memorial Hospital.
"Pray for him," said Fort Myers police spokesman Mitch Haley.
Mayor Randall Henders On is in Asheville, North Carolina and informed by phone about the situation, he said. His thoughts were with the officer, he said. "We hold our breath while fighting for his life."
Fort Myers Chief of Police Derrick Diggs said a suspect is in custody. He refused to continue working.
The circumstances before shooting are unknown. Two patrol cars are stationed outside the emergency room of Lee Memorial. And there is a big police presence.
"Every law enforcement agency is in there, it just shows you how strong we are," said Fort Myers City Councilor Johnny Streets. "We will keep the officer in our prayers," said Streets. That's my hope and my prayer. "
Streets said he heard sirens and helicopters shortly before he was called by City Manager Saeed Kazemi.
Police officers work at the scene on Saturday, July 21, 2018, on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Photo: Andrew West / The News-Press)
Kazemi called all councilors to inform them about the shootings, Streets said.
"Allegedly It was a backfire and the suspect was hit, "Streets said.
Lee County's under-hearted Carmine Marceno was also in the hospital, but declined to comment out of respect for the officer's family.
Streets noted that this was almost 10 years after the death of v on Fort Myers policeman Andrew Widman, who was killed on July 18, 2008.
Chief Diggs said that MLK Boulevard will be closed between Michigan Link and Veronica Shoemaker for the night and probably until the morning.
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