LCSO deputy-involved shooting suspect in custody

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Authorities have 24-year-old Rones Sagesse in custody after a deputy-involved shooting occurred Wednesday night, a Lee County Sheriff’s Office official said.

A LCSO deputy was shot at, then returned fire while responding to a domestic disturbance Wednesday night, according to a source. The deputy was dispatched to 5511 Sixth Ave. at about 7 p.m., Lt. Jeff Dektas said.

The incident is the second violent encounter involving a LCSO deputy this week.

Sagesse was hit by gunfire and was bleeding, Dektas said.

The deputy’s name and condition was not immediately released.

One witness said six or seven shots were heard outside her home.

Sagesse, of 10329 Majestic Circle in Naples, was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and no shoes, Dektas said.

The sheriff’s office asked residents to notify authorities if they see Sagesse, who was considered armed and dangerous.

“Right now we are urging the community to stay indoors, if they see anything suspicious, if they see a suspicious person or anyone matching this description, we’re asking that they call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible so we can get some cars over there to help them out,” Dektas said.

Sagesse’s past includes an Oct. 11 arrest on two counts of resisting LCSO deputies with violence and one account of resisting a deputy without violence. He was released after posting a $23,000 bond. His scheduled court date on those charges was Monday.

The 24-year-old had also been court-ordered to be placed into the Collier County Jail’s Project Recovery program on February 17 after several drug arrests.

Sagesse was arrested in Oct. 2015 for resisting a Fort Myers police officer without violence, among other charges.

Oak Drive, Hawks Landings Drive, Maple Street, Park Meadows Drive and Brantley Road were closed during the investigation. A section of Sixth Avenue was roped off with crime tape.

WINK News reporter Ellen Thalls was one of the first journalists in the area:

Wednesday’s incident comes two days after Deputy First Class Dean Bardes was attacked by a motorist on Interstate 75. The motorist, Edward Strother, was shot and killed by a passing Concealed Weapons Permit holder.

Additional updates will be provided later Thursday morning, according to LCSO.

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