FMPD officer fired for lying under oath

Posted at 9:57 AM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 09:57:00-04

FORT MYERS, Fla -- A newly released Internal Affairs investigation has revealed the reason for the termination of a Fort Myers Police officer. Sergeant Eric Gutridge is accused of lying under oath, in the case of a Fort Myers man convicted on drug, theft and robbery charges in 2015.

Gutridge was one of five FMPD officers placed on leave earlier this year. That suspension came after the Freeh group released an independent audit that highlighted several red flags in the department, including corruption.

Gutridge was also suspended in 2003 for not coming forward after he witnessed another officer tampering with evidence.