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One dead following barricade situation in Fort Myers

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Apr 18, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff's Office says one person has died following a barricade situation in Fort Myers.

Deputies say they responded to a domestic call Thursday morning near Gorham Avenue and Fordham Street in the Villas community.

The call was then escalated to a special operation - which deputies later explained was in response to a barricaded person inside of the house.

"We just knew something wasn't right, and then we saw cars showing up all morning," said a neighbor residing across the street.

A neighbor tells us one of the people who lived in the home is a U.S. Army veteran.

"His mom needs prayer because he's gone. We're just glad the Sheriff's department kept the neighborhood safe," the neighbor told Fox 4.

Upon arriving on scene, FOX 4's Shari Armstrong reported more than 30 LCSO vehicles along Fordham Street and throughout other streets within the area.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office's mobile command unit, the Fort Myers Fire Department and an ambulance were also on scene.

LCSO says the death has been deemed non-suspicious.