FMPD says joint task force is working

Posted at 7:24 AM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 07:24:42-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-  Fort Myers Police Chief Dennis Eads said their newly formed task force with the Lee County Sheriff's office is working. The task force has made 104 arrests and has seized twelve firearms from violent criminals.

The task force was formed in late September to help combat a growing crime rate in Lee County. Despite the 104 arrests, there has yet to be anyone charged in the downtown ZombiCon shooting. Chief Eads says all but one of the witnesses they've called out from surveillance footage has come forward. He's looking to speak with a man who was wearing a bright blue shirt the night of the shooting who may hold valuable information.

"We want to talk to him .. Because if you watch the video and follow him, he ended up within feet of Mr. Taylor," Chief Dennis Eads said.

Chief Eads said the witness may be from out of town so he wants to send the surveillance to other cities near Southwest Florida.

Chief Eads said he is confident that someone will be charged sooner rather than later in last week's shooting at the City of Palms Park that injured a groundskeeper.

"No one's been charged with it, let me put it that way. We are actively investigating it and very very confident that someone will be charged here in the near future," Chief Eads said.

The task force will continue to be out in full force. If you have any information about any crime happening in Lee County, call law enforcement or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.