Officer Daniel M. Starks

Officer Daniel M. Starks

End of Watch: October 25, 2003

Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Badge #: 311

On Saturday, October 25, 2003, Officer Daniel Starks was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist officers who were involved in a high-speed pursuit.  Officer Starks' patrol car collided with another police vehicle at the intersection of Oleander and Desoto Avenues.  Officer Starks was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

One of the two suspects involved in the pursuit was apprehended.  on September 20, 2006, the suspect was sentenced to 21.5 years in prison in connection with Officer Starks death.

Officer Starks has served as a sworn officer with the Fort Myers Police Department for only two months, and died on his first day after completing the Field Training Officer program.  Office Starks had served as an Explorer and Community Service Aide for the previous five years and died at the age of 21.