Wednesday, March 28, 2007

S.W.A.T. Team Arrests Man In Pioneer

LABELLE, FL. -- On March 25, 2007 at 8:54 p.m., Deputies Orlando Torres and Brett Daley, of the Hendry County Sheriff's Office, were dispatched to 4505 16th Street in Pioneer regarding a disturbance involving firearms. Deputies had responded to this location earlier in the day regarding a dispute between two neighbors. Investigation revealed that Steven Charles Conner age 35, had allegedly been firing a gun in the direction of an occupied residence.

While Deputies were interviewing a witness, they heard several gunshots coming from Conner's residence and striking trees within approximately 20 yards of where they were standing. Deputy Rick Perian arrived to assist and as he approached the area, several more shots were heard coming from Conner's residence. Sheriff Ronnie Lee arrived on the scene and several more shots were fired from Conner's residence. Sheriff Lee and the Deputies took cover in a ditch and
attempted to contact Conner by phone several times, however, no one would answer.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., after receiving no response from within the residence, Sheriff Lee requested assistance from Lee County. The Lee County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. team, along with a negotiator, arrived and after a short time was able to convince Conner to exit the house and surrender. Conner was arrested and charged with Improper Exhibit of a Firearm, Firing a Weapon Or Missile into A Dwelling, and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.

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