Police officer shot in Fort Myers, Fla.; suspect in custody, police say

A police officer was in surgery after being shot in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday night, police say.

A police officer in Fort Myers, Fla., was in stable condition early Sunday, recovering from surgery after being shot Saturday night.

The officer, who was not immediately identified, was being treated at Lee Memorial Hospital, the News-Press of Fort Myers reported. The extent of his injuries was not known.

An unidentified suspect apprehended by police also was injured, but his condition was unclear, FOX 4 of Fort Myers reported.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately available. But shouts of “Office down!” were heard via police scanner around 7:30 p.m. ET, the News-Press reported.

“We do have a seriously injured officer,” police spokesman Mitch Haley told FOX4. “We are still attempting to try and get a hold of people that are in his family.”

Fort Myers Mayor Randall Henderson was in Asheville, N.C., on Saturday night. He told the News-Press that his thoughts were with the injured officer.

“We’re holding our breath while he struggles for his life,” the mayor told the newspaper.

The shooting took place near a gas station on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., the station reported.

Fort Myers Police closed the scene to traffic while the investigation was underway and asked residents to avoid the area. They said the scene would likely be cordoned off for several hours.

Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that he would provide local law enforcement with any resources they needed, and praised the “unimaginable sacrifices” that the state’s police officers make.

“Our law enforcement makes unimaginable sacrifices every day to keep our families and communities safe. We are praying for the brave officer shot tonight,” Scott said.

Saturday’s shooting coincided with the 10th anniversary of the fatal shooting of Officer Andrew Widman, which occurred July 18, 2008, the News-Press reported.

Fort Meyers is on Florida’s Gulf coast, about 125 miles south of Tampa.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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