Standoff in Collier County neighborhood ends with man hospitalized

Reporter: Marcello Cuadra Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Standoff with deputies in Collier County. (Credit: Greg Musumano)

A man is in the hospital after a standoff with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

The standoff ended in a deputy-involved shooting that injured the man’s ear, the sheriff’s office said. A booking sheet confirms that the man involved is 64-year-old Eugene Paul Teter.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says Teter was taken to NCH North Naples Hospital due to an injury to his ear originally thought to have come from a K-9, but ultimately it was because a deputy’s bullet grazed his ear.

CCSO says deputies returned fire after Teter shot at them.

Greg Musumano, a witness said, “It was very shocking, because I felt the impact of each shot, because I’m so close. And every time a shot went up, I jumped.”

Standoff with deputies in Collier County. (Credit: Greg Musumano)

The incident began around 9:30 p.m. after deputies received a 911 call about someone shooting outside their window from a home in the 15000 block of Wildflower Circle in Collier County. The caller said Teter shot his own vehicle from the window of his home.

According to the caller, Teter had also been walking around outside his residence while talking to himself, appearing to be suffering what the caller thought could be a mental breakdown. The president of the Meadow Wood Homeowners Association informed deputies that Teter is a veteran who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I knew it was a pretty big thing when I saw the SWAT truck with this big huge light shined on and the house,” Musumano said.

SWAT was called to the scene and after nine hours Teter was apprehended with the help of K-9 units, CCSO said.

Wildflower Circle (CREDIT: Google Maps)

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him before until I actually see a photo. Maybe I’ve seen him in the neighborhood. I’m really not sure. But I didn’t recognize him by name,” Musumano said.

Teter is still in the hospital. He faces charges of firing a weapon out of a dwelling and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers.

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