Sanibel officer shot, officials clear scene

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Jarred Ciccone
Sanibel police officer Jarred Ciccone (Photo via Facebook)

SANIBEL, Fla. — Officers have cleared multiple crime scenes across the island after a Sanibel police officer was shot in his shoulder during a traffic stop at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

This is the fourth attack on a Southwest Florida police officer within the last two weeks.

The officer, Jarred Ciccone, was treated and released from Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, sources said.

The suspect drove by and opened fire while the officer was working a traffic stop involving another driver near 2300 Periwinkle Way, said retired Sanibel police chief Bill Tomlinson, who worked the scene. The officer was in his vehicle when he was shot, according to Tomlinson.

“What we do know is that he definitely suffered a wound, definitely something to be very concerned about,” Tomlinson said. “We at the Sanibel Police Department are very concerned for him and his family, and we hope that he’ll be fine.”

The incident is the first officer-involved shooting ever on Sanibel, Tomlinson said. It was similar to an attack earlier Sunday on an officer in San Antonio, Texas.

The Sanibel suspect drove into The Dunes neighborhood, and exchanged gunfire with Sanibel and Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies. After, he then went to his home barricaded himself until he surrendered. The suspect was shot and taken into custody along the 1400 block of Sand Castle Road, according to police, who issued an all-clear for the neighborhood shortly before 10 p.m.

Broken glass can be seen in the windshield of the police vehicle where a Sanibel officer was shot during a traffic stop Sunday. ANN PEAY/WINK News
Broken glass can be seen in the windshield of the police vehicle where a Sanibel officer was shot during a traffic stop Sunday. ANN PEAY/WINK News

Police directed residents of The Dunes to lock their doors and stay away from their windows.

Sanibel police and Lee County Sheriff’s deputies combed through the suspect’s home after taking him into custody.

The Sanibel Causeway was closed in both directions at about 8:30 p.m. It reopened roughly an hour later. The front entrance of the Dunes is no longer blocked off.

A SWAT team was called to the area, but then cleared once the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect’s name was not immediately available.

Sanibel resident Jeanne Vaughn said she heard six rapid-fire gunshots. Another resident said she heard sirens starting around 8:20, along with several gunshots and a helicopter.

“I heard a police siren and then, [a] minute later I heard a bunch of shots. Bang, bang, you know, bang, bang, bang,” said Vaughn, who lives near the causeway. “And then I heard more police sirens and I see police coming up and down the streets.”

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