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Woman shot by police after pointing gun at officers

Cape Coral Investigation
Cape Coral Police Department
Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 29, 2022

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — There was a large police presence near Skyline Boulevard and Cape Coral Parkway Tuesday in regards to a 29-year-old woman who police say stabbed a 47-year-old man in the chest.

Investigators say he immediately told the officers that his neighbor, “Sabrina,” had stabbed him with a knife. The male victim was then transported to the hospital and is currently in stable condition. The neighbor, “Sabrina,” was later identified as Sabrina Robert O’Neill.

Cape Coral Police Chief Anthony Sizemore says when officers attempted to make contact with O'Neill at her apartment she emerged with a gun in her hands and pointed it at officers.

Weh they asked her to put the gun down she did not and raised it in a threatening manner which Chief Sizemore says resulted in the officers shooting her multiple times.

According to the CCPD press conference, the woman was taken into custody and is currently undergoing surgery at Florida Golf Coast Hospital. The man who was stabbed is said to be in surgery at the same hospital.

None of the officers were hurt in the incident.

The suspect, Sabrina O’Neill has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault on an officer.

She will be transported to Lee County Jail after her release from the hospital.

Deb Chang, who has lived in a condo right across the street since 2015, says that she was enjoying a quiet day at the pool with her neighbors when they were interrupted by several loud gunshots.

“I said those were gunshots. And I counted six to eight gunshots, they were pretty quick. Went off rapid-fire. And that’s very unusual in this neighborhood," says Chang.

Another resident, Kathleen Lawler, lives right next door to where it all happened. She says that she was outside moments before the gunfire started.

“I walked right next door here to go into my house, I closed the door and I immediately heard the gunshots. And I was afraid to look outside but I called 911 and they said it had already been reported, so that was fast," says Lawler.

Cape Coral Police Chief