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2 dead, suspect in custody after standoff in San Carlos Park

Lee County Deputies
Posted at 10:02 AM, Nov 04, 2021

SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. — Two women are dead and a suspect is now in custody after a standoff at a home in San Carlos Park Thursday morning.

Emergency responders were called to the 1800 block of Apple Road around 8 a.m. A neighbor said they witnessed a "physical altercation."

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said one woman was found shot across the street from the home, and a second woman inside the home. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

When deputies made contact with the suspect, they noted he was armed. Marceno said the man "did not present bodily harm" to authorities, but when confronted with a Taser, the suspect barricaded himself inside the home.

Two children were inside the house at the time and were not harmed during the course of the standoff.

Marceno said the subject eventually gave himself up to deputies without incident. He was identified as 31-year-old Ethan Cartwright. Cartwright was taken to Lee County Jail and booked on two counts of murder, one count of firing a weapon inside a dwelling, and two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Marceno added initial investigation points to a domestic dispute that led to the shooting.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

A full investigation is ongoing.