According to the Fort Myers Police Department, Police Chief Derrick Diggs has died.
FMPD posted the following on Facebook on Wednesday morning:
“On behalf of Acting Chief Pepitone and the entire Fort Myers Police Department family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Police Chief Derrick Diggs.”
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a Facebook post, “In his 46 years as a law enforcement officer in Ohio and Florida, he put service before self and dedicated his life to those he was sworn to protect.”
In July 2022, Diggs went on family medical leave. As recently as December, FMPD indicated that he planned to return to work in April.
No word yet as to what caused Diggs’ death.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.