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Man in custody after family found fatally shot, stabbed in Fort Myers

By Staff | Jan 25, 2016

A southwest Florida man is in custody after his girlfriend, her teenage daughter, the couple’s toddler and their dog were found dead at their home.

Jail records show that 27-year-old Patrick Sean Carlopoli was being held Monday on multiple charges. Local media outlets report that Lee County deputies responded early Sunday morning to a 911 call from Carlopoli at Iona Lakes Apartments in Fort Myers.

An arrest report says Carlopoli directed deputies into an apartment, where they found 37-year-old Tammy Modlin and 16-year-old Montana Modlin dead on a bed with a firearm between them. The deputies also found 3-year-old Jeanne Carlopoli and a dog fatally stabbed.

The report said that Carlopoli told deputies that he shot his “wife,” though officials say the couple wasn’t married.

He remained in the Lee County Jail late Monday afternoon. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, he was being held without bond on one count of homicide-murder and two counts of conspiracy. He also was charged with two counts of cruelty toward child (aggravated child abuse) and one count of conservation-animals (cause cruel death pain and suffering). Both was set at $50,000 on each of the child abuse counts.

Jail records didn’t list an attorney for Carlopoli.