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Former deputy charged with manslaughter

By Staff | Apr 23, 2020

A former Lee County Sheriff’s deputy turned himself in on Wednesday after being charged with manslaughter in the death of his son.

Sergio Perez was charged by the State Attorney’s Office before surrendering at the Lee County Jail. Shortly thereafter, he was released on a $75,000 bond.

LCSO officials confirmed to The Breeze that Perez’ employment was terminated effective Wednesday.

The charges stem from an incident in Cape Coral on Aug. 13 of 2019 at Perez’ mother’s home in the 600 block of Southeast 23rd Street while he was off-duty.

Cape Coral Police arrived at the residence around 2:30 p.m. in response to a “physical disturbance,” according to the incident report.

The CCPD report states an officer rang the doorbell of the house and, before entering, heard someone inside yell for help.

In the phone call to police, Perez’ mother said there was an argument between her son – the deputy – and her grandson – the deputy’s son, according to an Aug. 14 2019 CCPD release.

CCPD said when officers entered the home, the grandson was unresponsive and not breathing, and that all lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.

According to court documents filed by the State Attorney’s Office, the son died as a result of “asphyxia or compression of neck.”

Perez is due in court Monday.

His attorney of record, Jose L. Calvo, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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