Estero Residents Uneasy About Fugitive Living In The Woods

ESTERO, Fla., - Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating a wooded area near Coconut Point Mall Thursday following an officer involved shooting on Wednesday.

Deputies believe the suspect Trey Chenault, 26, was living in the woods when a member of the Fugitive Task Force shot Chenault while they were serving a warrant.

Deputies say Chenault became violent and raised a gun in a threatening manner.

Chenault has a lengthy history with law enforcement. He’s been arrested 13 times since 2008 for crimes such as resisting an officer, robbery, disorderly conduct and drug possession. He was wanted for battering an officer.

Neighboring residents tell Four In Your Corner they’re surprised to hear that a violent homeless man was living so close to their community.

“I’ve seen them at the mall but I didn’t realize they were living there,” said Bob Hamman, a nearby resident.

Chenault was critically injured in the shooting and was taken to Lee Health. As of Thursday, he was still in the hospital. His condition is unknown. No deputies were hurt.


“It might be nice to have some more lighting  on the road just to make it a little safer for those of us who walk and bike here,” said Cheryl Cook, a nearby resident.

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