Friday, September 24, 2004

7 Deputies Involved In Shooting

LABELLE, FL. -- At the request of the Hendry County Sheriff's Office, the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an officer involved
shooting in Hendry County. FDLE was contacted by the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office on Wednesday and were advised that numerous law
enforcement officers were
involved in a pursuit, which ultimately ended in the shooting of a suspect.

According to initial reports, at approximately 6:35 p.m. a hit and run crash
occurred at the intersection of State Road 80 and State Road 29 in LaBelle,
Fla., and was reported to the Hendry County Sheriff's Office. The suspect
driver in the crash fled the scene and was spotted a short time later by
Hendry County deputies. A pursuit began with the suspect fleeing officers
westbound on State Road 80. Three officers attempted to stop the suspect.
The suspect continued west on SR-80 without stopping for more than three
miles. Four additional Hendry County officers joined the pursuit.
Disregarding the deputies' commands to stop, the suspect reportedly turned
and headed east on State Road 80 back into the city of LaBelle. Deputies
were able to get the suspect stopped near the intersection of Martin Luther
King and State Road 80. During the stop, an incident occurred and the
deputies fired at the suspect.

The suspect, Deanne Hall (DOB 4/28/1977) is listed in critical condition at Lee
Memorial Hospital. No Hendry County Sheriff's deputies involved in the
incident were injured. FDLE special agents will be conducting interviews of
the deputies involved and of other possible witnesses to both the shooting
and the pursuit.

Due to the ongoing, active nature of this investigation, no further
information will be released at this time. Once the investigation
concludes, FDLE will present its findings to the State Attorney's Office
20th Judicial Circuit.

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