Fort Myers, FL – Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29, succumbed to a gunshot wound to the head Saturday night at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Officer Jobbers-Miller was shot July 21.
"It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community that Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller has passed away," Fort Myers police said in a press release. "We ask that you continue to pray for Officer Jobbers-Miller’s family, friends and our entire Fort Myers Police Department family."
Police had asked for the community’s assistance on Monday in getting O-Negative blood donations for the officer, following emergency surgery for his wounds, WBBH reported.
At the time, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs said that the officer was in “critical but stable” condition.
The chief explained that the incident began at about 7:16 p.m. on Saturday when police received a 911 call from a citizen at the Marathon gas station on Martin Luther King.
Chief Diggs said they caller reported having seen someone assault a group of young men, and take a cell phone from their vehicle at the gas station.
Police responded to the scene, but the suspect had already fled, the chief said.
At about 7:19 p.m., he said an officer found a suspect who matched the description on Flint Drive.
The suspect fled, and Officer Jobbers-Miller “was shot and wounded while he was attempting to take suspect into custody after a brief foot pursuit,” Chief Diggs said.
Officer Jobbers-Miller was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital,
At that point, the suspect fled back to the original Marathon gas station location “where he was taken into custody following an officer-involved shooting,” the chief said.
Witnesses positively identified Wisner Desmaret as the suspect involved in the initial incident at the gas station, he said.
The chief stressed there was no need further concern by the community.
“We got our guy. We got our man,” Chief Diggs said.
Desmaret remains in custody at Lee Memorial Hospital.
The chief asked for the community’s assistance and said they wanted to talk to anyone who had witnessed or filmed the incidents on Saturday night, and also anyone who had contact with Desmaret recently.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was conducting the investigation into the officer-involved shooting and the crime scene, and Fort Myers detectives were investigating the criminal case against Desmaret, he said.
Lee County sheriff’s deputies, the Cape Coral PD, and the Florida Highway Patrol assisted at the scene on July 21.
Officer Jobbers-Miller joined the Fort Myers Police Department in September of 2015. He’d previously served as a volunteer firefighter in Wayne, New Jersey, where his father was chief of the fire department for at least 30 years, the New-Press reported.
"Adam got his start up here with us, spending his early years as a member of Company 2 in Wayne, alongside his pop, as he calls him, before moving to Florida a few years ago, and becoming a cop," Wayne Fire Co. No. 2 Chief John Gabriel posted on Facebook.
A GoFundMe page has been started for the officer's family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of For Myers Officer Jobbers-Miller, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, your life mattered.