Fort Myers man charged with firing at deputy

Posted at 1:42 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 13:42:29-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- A 31-year-old Lee County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with firing a gun at a Collier County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy during a vehicle pursuit last year.

Brione Lamar Joiner of Fort Myers is being held in the Collier County jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, high-speed fleeing and eluding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving on a suspended license.

The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation into an incident in November 15th, in which a deputy attempted to stop a car driven by Joiner for speeding on State Road 29 near Interstate 75. Joiner never stopped and a pursuit ensued.

Joiner reportedly fired shots at the deputy and eluded deputies in the Everglades City area until the car was later found abandoned behind a residence on Plantation Parkway.

The deputy was not injured and no bullets struck his vehicle.

After a search of the vehicle, numerous interviews, seven search warrants and court orders, and numerous subpoenas, detectives obtained a warrant for Joiner’s arrest Tuesday and he was taken into custody without incident.  

Joiner has a lengthy criminal arrest and conviction history in Collier and Lee counties, including attempted murder in 2002 when he opened fire on the Fort Myers Police Department SWAT team during a robbery.