Fort Myers, FL – Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was shot multiple times with his own weapon, according to a police report that has just been released.
WBBH reported that Officer Jobbers-Miller was wearing a bodycam that captured his own murder by Wisner Desmaret.
The incident that led to the shooting began at about 7:16 p.m. on July 21 when police received a 911 call from a citizen at the Marathon gas station on Martin Luther King.
Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs said the 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 – Desmaret – 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.
The police report said that when Officer Jobbers-Miller caught up with Desmaret, a Fort Myers police lieutenant already had the suspect lying face down on the ground.
WBBH reported that the investigator who reviewed the bodycam footage said Desmaret can be heard yelling, “Don’t shoot me, don’t shoot me. Shoot me in the back. 4, 3, 2, 1. Shoot me. I don’t want to stand up. Shoot me while I’m not looking.”
In the video, both officers told Desmaret that they had no reason to shoot him, according to WBBH.
They ask him to stand up so they can talk to him.
At that point, a car pulls up with the victims of the phone theft at the gas station, and while officers were talking to them, Desmaret got squirrely.
He got up and reached for his car, but one of the men stopped him. Then he took off running with Officer Jobbers-Miller right on his heels, according to WBBH.
The police report said Officer Jobbers-Miller yelled at Desmaret to stop, but he continued to flee. When the officer caught up to him, Desmaret turned toward the officer with his hands out to his side and his palms up, according to WBBH.
Then the officer’s bodycam video showed Desmaret suddenly turned and lunged at Officer Jobbers-Miller, hitting him and knocking him to the ground, the police report said.
Officer Jobbers-Miller fell back and hit the ground face up, and then scrambled to regain his footing as Desmaret continued his attack.
In the video, Desmaret hovered over Officer Jobbers-Miller, and then reached down to grab his service weapon out of his holster and fire two shots, WBBH reported.
The first shot hit Officer Jobbers-Miller, but the second shot was aimed at the police lieutenant, according to the police report.
On the bodycam video, the lieutenant told dispatch “shots fired!” just as three more gunshots were heard, according to WBBH.
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.
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.