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A woman was saved after calling for help at Fort Myers’ Lee County Jail

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Deputy-involved shooting in downtown Fort Myers

FORT MYERS

On Sunday, a deputy was walking along the streets to get into Lee County Jail on Martin Luther King Boulevard when he heard someone shout for help from a vehicle.

The deputy was repeatedly yelled at by her. She stated that she was being held against all her will. The driver of the car in which she was riding had a gun.

Deputies requested that the driver stop his car and get out. However, the driver refused to do so.

That’s when the deputy fired one shot and the car sped off.

It only takes one shot for someone to know something’s wrong. Charles Bradley heard that deputy’s one shot. “I heard the gun down the street but I was like down the street.”

Gustavo Reyes was the driver. The deputy was shouted at by a woman riding in the car. Reyes threatened her with beating her unconscious by his gun.

Multiple times, she asked for his permission to take her out of the vehicle. It’s something that Megan Dalabes, the director of community education at Abuse, Counseling and Treatment incorporated says is hard to do. “She clearly showed great bravery and trying to reach out and ask for help. But it’s also a reminder that even asking for help and reaching out, can put someone at risk.”

After Reyes was fired upon by the deputy, he continued down Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. He eventually reached Central Avenue at the corner with Victoria.

According to deputies, he did throw his gun but it was not far enough. So he got out from the car and continued throwing the gun into the bush. In the course of this, he dropped his cellphone which was later discovered by law enforcement.

The woman was found by deputies not far from her.

Reyes was later found at Health Park Medical Center by Reyes, who drove himself there to seek treatment for his gunshot wound.

Bradley was the one who heard Bradley say that gunshot. “I’m glad they caught him, I couldn’t believe it but why would you do that right in front of a jail?”

ACT can help you and anyone you know who is in need of assistance. ACT stands for Abuse, Counseling and Treatment incorporated and they’ll help you come up with a safety plan.

You can reach ACT by clicking here or visiting actabuse.com/contact-act.

You can find additional resources below for domestic violence victims.

Ressources

Charlotte County
Center for Abuse and Viol Emergencies
Phone: 941-639-5499
Hotline: 941-627-6000
SMS text: (941-449-8534)
TDD: 941-627-6000
Website: carefl.org
Chat: resourceconnect.com

Collier County
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Phone: 239-775-3862
Hotline: 239-775-1101
TDD: 239-775-4265
Website: naplesshelter.org

DeSoto County
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Phone: 941-365-0208
Hotline: 941-365-1976
TDD: 941-365-1976
Website: sparcc.net

Glades County
Addiction Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112
Website: actabuse.com

Hendry County
Addiction Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112
Website: actabuse.com

Lee County
Addiction Counseling and Treatment
Phone: 239-939-2553
Hotline: 239-939-3112
TDD: 239-939-3112
Website: actabuse.com

These are the mental health resources for Southwest Floridians on both the local level and at national.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

David Lawrence Center  (Collier County)
(239)455-8500
davidlawrencecenter.org

SalusCare (Lee County).
(239)275-4242
saluscareflorida.org

Collier County, National Alliance on Mental Illness
namicollier.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness Lee Charlotte Hendry County
namilee.org

National Alliance for Caregiving provides a handbook for free
The Circle of Care: A guidebook for mental health caregivers

Collier County Mental Health Court
ca.cjis20.org/home/collier

Lee County Mental Health Court
ca.cjis20.org/home/lee

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
convio.net

Anxiety & Depression Association of America: Local Support Groups
adaa.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help
hhs.gov/programs/topic-sites/mental-health-parity

Home Base SWFL is a resource for local veterans
https://homebase.org/home-base-southwest-florida/

 

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