Teen accused of shooting at a deputy, injuring another teen to be charged as an adult

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Eusebio Montoya (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A teenager accused of shooting at a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy and injuring a teen in Lehigh Acres is now being charged as an adult.

Eusebio Montoya, 18, is accused of shooting and injuring a 16-year-old speaking with a deputy in a car in Lehigh Acres. The deputy wasn’t hurt.

Montoya was 17 during the March shooting but has since turned 18.

The shooting in March triggered a brief manhunt that finally ended when Montoya turned himself in.

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“It sickens me,” said Sherrif Marceno.

In an interview, Marceno said he agrees 100% with the state attorney’s decision to charge Montoya as an adult.

“The last thing I ever want, ever ever, and it’s my biggest fear to have one of my family members shot,” said Marceno.

Montoya was initially arrested for attempted murder as a juvenile after turning himself in. He now faces aggravated assault charges as an adult.

WINK News asked the sheriff if he could definitively say that Montoya fired the bullet that injured the teen. “I can’t 100% confidently say anything,” said Marceno.

Montoya is also charged with pointing a gun at a woman moments before the shooting. She called 911, which is why the deputies raced to the scene.

Montoya is not currently charged with shooting the victim in the car.

“I don’t know exactly what the forensics will lead to, but I do know that thankfully my family member is safe, and our suspect is where he belongs,” said Marceno.

The teenager who was shot is out of the hospital. The state attorney’s office would not say why it hasn’t charged Montoya for that shooting.

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