FMPD names suspect accused of shooting Officer Jobbers-Miller

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The Fort Myers Police Department held a news conference to release details in a shooting that left a police officer in critical condition.

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29, was shot after responding to an incident at a Marathon gas station on MLK Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

One of his fellow officers then took him to Lee Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

As of Monday afternoon, Jobbers-Miller is currently in critical but stable condition, according to police.

The suspect, Wisner Desmaret, 29, is in police custody at Lee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Desmaret faces eight felony charges with the most egregious being attempted first-degree murder.

Chief Diggs said, they received a call from a citizen at the Marathon Gas Station on MLK regarding a man harassing a group of people at 7:16 p.m.

The suspect left the gas station and was located by police on Flint Drive, where officers approached Desmaret who then fled on foot.

Diggs said Desmaret then shot Officer Jobbers-Miller and ran into the Marathon Gas Station. When backup arrives, Desmaret was also shot and apprehended. He was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

FMPD is also asking the public for any witness or video footage you may have of the incident. You can call the detective at (239)321-8011 or the main number at (239)321-7700.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Carmine Marceno provided a statement following the shooting. Read it in its entirety below:

On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was protecting and serving the citizens of Fort Myers, when he responded to a 911 call at a gas station on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Upon arrival, Officer Jobbers-Miller confronted the suspect and during that violent encounter, the suspect shot Officer Jobbers-Miller, causing critical, life-threatening injuries.

Every day, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office works alongside our brothers and sisters at the Fort Myers Police Department to protect our community. Regardless of the color of uniform or patch on our sleeve, we are all one family. I want to be crystal clear: this cold-blooded attack on a Fort Myers Police Officer is an attack on one of our own. This heinous act of violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

The Fort Myers Police Department has identified the suspect as Wisner Desmaret, a career criminal with an extensive criminal history, and who has zero regard for human life. This type of senseless act of violence could be committed only by the lowest of the low. Our community can sleep more soundly knowing that this violent criminal is off the streets, rightfully sitting in a jail cell, where he belongs.

The men and women of our law enforcement community stand strong – knowing the citizens of Lee County support them and are equally disgusted with this violent attack on our hometown hero.

I am honored to work alongside the finest and bravest in Lee County. Despite the risks and threats we face every day, we will continue to do everything in our power to protect the citizens of our community.

We at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office are praying for a full and speedy recovery for Officer Jobbers-Miller.

Who is Wisner Desmaret?

Arrest records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show he’s been picked up by the Fort Myers Police Department 15 times since 2002.

Less than three days before the scene unfolded Saturday night on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Desmaret was released from custody in Sarasota.

He was deemed competent to stand trial, and faces charges for possession of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon after being admitted for mental health treatment in March, according to court records.

Desmaret was arrested 24 times in the state of Florida since he was 14 years old for charges including burglary, drug possession and resisting arrest, according to court records.

The charges were eventually dropped, as well as a several other charges from arrests in Lee County until 2016, according to court records.

Court records show there wasn’t enough evidence in some other cases.

Desmaret was also at the center of another standoff in 2011 with Fort Myers police.

Desmaret is still in the hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

It’s unclear when he’ll be booked into the Lee County Jail.

WINK News reporter Taylor Petras worked to find more information on the criminal history of the accused shooter. Watch the full segment below:

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