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"COULD'VE BEEN BAD": Driver crashes into Lee Co. deputy's garage

The Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Hendry County Sheriff's Office say a driver crashed into a Lee County deputy's garage and opened fire with a 9 mm gun.
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Lee County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 11:19 AM, Apr 15, 2024

HENDRY CO, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Hendry County Sheriff's Office say a driver crashed into a Lee County deputy's garage and opened fire with a 9mm handgun on Sunday.

At a joint press conference on Monday, Sheriff Carmine Marceno (LCSO) and Sheriff Steve Whidden (HCS0) say the victim jumped into action to protect his family.

"Yesterday when I arrived on scene, I was very surprised by this incident," Sheriff Steve Whidden said.

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You can see video here.

Sheriff Marceno says the deputy and his son were inside of the house when this occurred, but they are safe.

"My deputy is a hero. He jumped into action to protect his family," Sheriff Carmine Marceno confirmed on Monday.

The sheriff say Weber was quickly arrested.

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Sheriff Marceno says once the crime scene was cleared, deputies worked to help secure the victim's home.

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The deputy is on paid administrative leave - a standard practice correlated with officer-involved shootings, Marceno says.

"He will also be afforded the resources to make sure he and his family are taken care of."

Deputies say the suspect, 32-year-old Derek Weber, has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Attempted first-degree pre-meditated murder
  • Armed burglary into an occupied dwelling
  • Felony criminal mischief
  • Discharging a firearm from a vehicle
  • Discharging a firearm into a residential area
  • Shooting a deadly missile into an occupied dwelling
  • Use of firearm during the commission of a felony.

"In my opinion, it takes a very mentally unstable person to do something like this, and it could've been bad," Whidden says.