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Police release name of man who died after exchanging shots with police

By Staff | Mar 25, 2016

Cape Coral Police have released the name of the man who died after exchanging gunfire with police Thursday night.

Investigators have identified the deceased as John Melvin Toles, 66, of 4214 N.W. 12 St.

Police say Toles, who was terminally ill, came out of his home and fired at officers who had responded to a man-with-a-gun call. An officer fired back and Toles went back inside. Officers report that they then heard another gunshot from inside the house.

Next of kin have been notified, police said.

“The investigation is ongoing and as of this morning members of the Investigative Services Bureau are still on scene,” an updated release from the CCPD Friday morning states. “Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.”

Original story:

CCPD: Terminally ill man dies after exchanging shots with police

A Cape Coral police officer has been placed on department-required administrative leave after returning gun fire from a terminally ill man with a gun.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was responding to a call at 4214 N.W. 12th Street Thursday evening.

When officers arrived, the man came outside and began shooting at the officers, according to a release issued by the Cape Coral Police Department. The officer returned fire and the man went back in the house, police said.

“The Officers heard a shot fired from within the house and made entry to find the subject deceased,” according to the statement. “The Officers on scene were not hurt.”

No other details, including whether the man is believed to have been shot by the officer or whether he is believed to have shot himself, was released.

The officer who fired his or her weapon weapon will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“This is normal protocol, per department policy in any officer involved shooting,” police said.

Source: CCPD