FORT MYERS, Fla. – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency filed a detainer last Sunday against the man believed responsible for shooting a Fort Myers police officer in the head Saturday night, reported News-Press.
The severely wounded officer, Adam Jobbers-Miller, remains in Lee Memorial Hospital in “critical but stable condition.” He was shot responding to a call near the Marathon service station at Flint Drive and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Tammy Spicer, spokeswoman for ICE, Central and Northern Florida, confirmed Tuesday that ICE had placed a detainer on shooting suspect Wisner Desmaret. According to the federal agency, he is listed as a Haitian national.
An immigration detainer is a tool used by ICE and Department of Homeland Security officials to identify individuals who could be deported that are held in jails or prisons nationwide.
The ICE detainer policy, from its website, reads: “ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when he or she is released from local custody.”
This isn’t the first time federal officials tried to take action against the man suspected of shooting the officer.
An ICE hold had been previously requested for Desmaret after a 2010 arrest for burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. The state attorney’s office decided not to prosecute the case for what they said was insufficient evidence.
Nevertheless, Spicer said she could not comment on the 2010 hold.
Further information has not been released. Desmaret remains in Lee Memorial Hospital as well, recovering from what Fort Myers police Chief Derrick Diggs said was a “non-life-threatening” injury, News-Press reported.
Jobbers-Miller was shot in the head, Diggs said, while trying to take Desmaret into custody after a brief foot chase. Late Tuesday afternoon the Fort Myers Police Department indicated in a news release that Jobbers-Miller is showing “positive signs” after surgeries and treatment for his injury.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation of the crime scene and the shooting while Fort Myers police delve into the criminal case against suspect Desmaret.
“FDLE investigates these cases only at the request of the local agency,” said agency spokeswoman Jessica Cary.
The agency’s policy on such investigations allows them to assist in the investigation of incidents involving deadly force by a law enforcement, or correctional officer, or other use of force incidents.
Meanwhile, fundraising and blood collection efforts to help the injured police officer’s family are being quickly set in place.
Witnesses to the shooting who may have caught any activity on mobile devices were asked to contact the Fort Myers police at 239-329-8011 or the main police number at 239-321-7700.