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UPDATED: Burglary suspect shot, wounded, by police after pointing gun

By Staff | May 23, 2016

A burglary suspect recovering in the hospital after being shot by police has been identified as Tre’ S. Estes-Stalnos, 15.

Estes-Stalnos is being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Cape Coral Police released the Cape Coral youth’s name after detectives made notification to his family.

A car burglary and grand theft auto investigation is still ongoing, the CCPD said in an updated release, adding charges are pending.

“We are hard at work to bring this case to a close,” Detective Sgt. Dana Coston, police spokesperson, said in a prepared statement. “Detectives and Forensics personnel from the Investigative Services Bureau are working to process multiple crime scenes and charges will be forthcoming. Additionally, Investigators from the State Attorney’s Office and Detectives from our own Investigative Services Bureau are working to gather information to review the use of force to ensure it was in accordance with applicable law and department policy. This review is standard procedure in all Officer-involved shootings.”

Estes-Stalnos, who police say was armed with a handgun, was located in the area of a reported car burglary. He fled on foot and entered a canal where police say they attempted to talk him out of the water. About two hours into the encounter that begin shortly after police received a burglary-in-progress call at 1:15 a.m., Estes-Stalnos reportedly pointed the gun at the officers and at least one fired, striking him.

Estes-Stalnos was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for his injuries.

Original story:

A burglary suspect is being treated at a local hospital after officials say he pointed a gun at responding officers and was subsequently shot by police.

The incident began after Cape Coral Police responded to the 500 block of Northwest 8th Terrace on a vehicle burglary in progress call at around 1:15 a.m.

Patrol and K9 Units responded and set up a perimeter in the area. A suspect was located, police said, adding he was armed with a handgun

The suspect fled on foot into a nearby canal and CCPD SWAT was called in as were crisis negotiators, the Marine Unit, and LCSO Aviation.

“Officers spent over two hours keeping the suspect in sight and attempting to talk the suspect out of the water,” a CCPD release states.

When he pointed his gun at police personnel, an officer or officers fired at the suspect, striking him. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for his injuries.

As a matter of standard procedure, the officer or officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the internal review of the shooting, officials said.

“Officers located a stolen vehicle parked in a lot near the burglary victim’s residence,” the release states. “Preliminarily, investigators believe the suspect may have driven this vehicle to this neighborhood to commit burglaries. The vehicle also may be linked to a gun store burglary that occurred overnight in North Cape Coral.”

The name of the suspect is being withheld by the CCPD, pending notification of next-of-kin.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. Updates will be provided as information becomes available, officials said.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department