Deputy released from hospital after being shot by suspect in Lehigh Acres

Reporter: Marcello Cuadra Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Investigators were on scene at State Road 82 near Gunnery Road to investigate an officer-involved shooting. (CREDIT: WINK News)

According to the sheriff, the Lee County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot during a traffic stop in Lehigh Acres on Thursday has been released from the hospital. This happened along SR-82 while he was trying to stop a stolen car.

Deputies and others from the Lee County Sheriff’s office were at Gulf Coast Medical Center to greet him as he was discharged.

Detective Jaquez was released from the hospital after last week’s deputy-involved shooting in Lehigh Acres.

Even Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno came out to greet him. “Upon his release, we wanted to show that when you come work with us, and with is the key that you join a family and his family members, my family members all lined up here to greet him. He’s a hero. And we wanted to say, God bless you, brother. Thank you. You’re coming home,” Sheriff Marceno said.

Sheriff Marceno said that the deputy who was shot has been promoted to detective.

“Right away, he said to me, ‘sheriff, you see this arm?’ he goes, ‘I don’t know how fast it’s going to be good.’ But he says, ‘I want to get back as soon as possible. And I want to start chasing the bad guys again,”” said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.

The deputy was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle on SR-82 Thursday. The sheriff’s office says deputies returned fire on the suspect, killing him.

Just days after being shot, Jaquez is getting a promotion.

“And today I couldn’t be more happy in my heart to proudly proudly promote our family member to detective,” Sheriff Marceno said.

“He teared up. He’s this tough, tough, big deputy, who teared up and he said, ‘Man, Sheriff, it was emotional for me.’ He said, ‘it really hit me in the heart.’ He said ‘it was so emotional. I can’t believe how I feel.’ He said, ‘When I first signed on this department in 2014, you said family,’ he said it is family. ,” Marceno said.

Marceno said that the suspect was known to law enforcement.

LCSO has not released the name of the suspect or further details about this shooting.

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