Fort Meyers, FL (March 10, 2020) – According to an online news report provided by News-Press.com on March 4, 2020, the Cape Coral Police Department is investigating a fight that occurred at a Cape Coral sports bar. According to the news article, the fight involved three Fort Myers police officers who were not on duty at the time of the fight at the sports bar. The report states that the three law enforcement officers have been placed on paid leave as the Cape Coral police investigate the facts of the crime.
The news report also states that the Fort Myers Police Department sent a press release on Wednesday stating three of their police officers are under investigation by Cape Coral police. Moments after the Fort Myers Police Department official press release was made public, the spokesperson for the Cape Coral police, Master Sgt. Patrick O'Grady, reaffirmed that the Cape Coral police department is conducting an investigation of the crime.
Master Sgt. Patrick O'Grady continued by stating the fight occurred in the South Cape Coral Hospitality District at 47th Terrace. Master Sgt. O'Grady also stated that the altercation took place at the Dixie Roadhouse sports bar. According to Master Sgt. O'Grady´s statement, the Cape Coral police notified the Fort Myers Police Department of their investigation of the potential crime. He also said that their police department is working with the State Attorney’s Office to ensure that the investigation is conducted with “integrity.” He then added that no additional information would be provided as the criminal investigation is active.
Fort Myers Police Department Chief Jeff Meyers made a public announcement concerning the possible crime and the investigation that involves three off-duty Fort Myers police department officers. Chief Jeff Meyers stated that his department received a notification on Tuesday that there was an altercation that may involve three of his department´s law enforcement officers who were off-duty at the time of the altercation. Chief Jeff Meyers stated that the three officers had been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is active, and the outcome of the investigation has been released. He then stated that any questions about the investigation should be directed to the Cape Coral Police Department. No further information was provided by Chief Jeff Meyers.
No charges have been announced at this time.
Florida Assault Statute 784.011 - Assault
According to Florida Statute 784.011 – Assault, it is a crime to intentionally inflict physical violence on another person or make an “unlawful threat by word,” along with the ability to commit either of these, which also creates a believable fear in that person so that they believe the act of violence is inevitable. In the State of Florida, a crime of assault is a second-degree misdemeanor. If found guilty of second-degree assault, the punishments include a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.