Update #1: The suspect was identified as Thomas Vincent Murray (d.o.b. 12/12/1962). The unfolding investigation revealed that Murray had weapons and ammunition inside his residence. Additionally, Detectives learned that Murray is a convicted felon and thereby unable to lawfully possess firearms or ammunition under Florida law.
Detectives obtained a search warrant based on their active investigation and during the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the Fort Myers Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team made entry into the residence. Murray was located hiding on the property at the time of the search. Murray attempted to flee from officers and was subsequently taken into custody.
Crime Scene Technicians are actively working the scene at this time and collecting evidence. Murray is facing charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon and resisting arrest without violence.
The Fort Myers Police Department would like to thank the local residents for their patience during the lengthily investigation and our partners in law enforcement for their assistance.
On Tuesday April 29, 2014 the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a breach of peace call at 1812 Winkler Avenue. Upon arrival police learned the subject involved is suicidal and began making threats to hurt himself and others. Intelligence gathered on scene suggests the suspect involved has explosives and a large amount of weapons.
Uniformed officers along with S.W.A.T. surrounded the residence and began evacuating the immediate area. The Critical Incident Negotiations Team is on scene working to bring a peaceful resolution to the situation. Police would strongly caution all residents in the surrounding area to evacuate.