VIDEO/PHOTOS: Collier deputy dies after shooting herself at Sugden Park

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Sugden Regional Park

4284 Avalon Drive, Naples, FL

— The Collier County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sugden Regional Park in East Naples after an off-duty deputy fatally shot herself in the chest Friday night.

Cpl. Erin Flater, 29, was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital, where she died. Flater, a road patrol division officer in the sheriff's East Naples district, had been with the agency for more than four years, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Karie Partington.

Partington said Flater shot herself during a discussion with her partner over an ending relationship. Flater, overcome with stress from the relationship, took out her personal weapon, a .40 caliber Glock pistol, and shot herself, according to Sheriff’s Office reports.

Park visitors were not in danger during the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff's Office dispatch got a call at 5:52 p.m. in reference to shots fired at the county park. Deputies found Flater wounded from a self-inflicted gunshot at the park shortly before 6 p.m. As of 9 p.m., CCSO investigators were still at the scene.

“We still have people back there continuing the investigation,” Partington said.

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joesomebody writes:

The Collier County POLice Department is dysfunctional. Was it a self inflicted wound? Was ballistics provern that it was in fact her weapon?Or was she knocked off bt one of her own? Something is fishiy in Denmark. Maybe it was a skinhead cop that hides behind a badge. Collier County should be investigated by the Florida State Attorney General.

onelex742 writes:

I agree they all need evals!! pt test and more!! they should really check out all her arrest and i know they will find out she wasnt rite in the head so all her arrest shud b REVISED!!!!!!! and mabe they shud have who ever was incharge of her fired!! since they cant handle their employees!! wats next they will shoot a kid! then they will use the excuse tat the kid had an attitude!! good riddens!!

JessieZerin24 writes:

in response to onelex742:

I agree they all need evals!! pt test and more!! they should really check out all her arrest and i know they will find out she wasnt rite in the head so all her arrest shud b REVISED!!!!!!! and mabe they shud have who ever was incharge of her fired!! since they cant handle their employees!! wats next they will shoot a kid! then they will use the excuse tat the kid had an attitude!! good riddens!!

I was a personal friend of Cpl. Erin Flater. Your post appauls me. All her arrest should be REVERSED? Really? Why? First of all, if you're going to post something on the internet, you might want to make sure you use correct grammar. Second of all, Cpl. Flater's arrests had absolutely nothing to do with the way that her life was ended. "What's next they will shoot a kid?" WOW - What does that have ANYTHING to do with this TRAGIC LOSS?? Maybe children and the public need to be protected from people like you. Ignorant. No other word for it. Just plain IGNORANT. That's real classy to talk about someone who is DEAD and cannot even defend themselves. Real classy. You should be really proud of yourself. Bigot.

RayPray writes:

Sociologists have long insisted that there is only a fine line between the cops & the criminals.

RayPray writes:

"someone who is DEAD and cannot even defend themselves."

>>> Wake up! She can't defend herself because she chose to shoot herself over a romantic dalliance!

"Cpl. Flater's arrests had absolutely nothing to do with the way that her life was ended."

>>> Perhaps, true, but if you were the lawyer for one of her victims, wouldn't this be the first item you stress in court?

"Maybe children and the public need to be protected from people like you."

>>> No, the public must be protected against irrational bullies with a gun like you!

>>> Free speech? Cops and criminals, two peas in a pod!

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

I just hope that if there ever comes a time that you need the help from a police officer that they do not "need" to take valuable time considering all of the negative possiblilities that their actions to protect you might elicit particulary if they are doing the job he/she was trained to do.

Taking one's life ia an ultimate act that one takes when they feel that there are no acceptable alternatives.

I hope that none of us ever need to consider such an action.

RayPray writes:

"..particulary if they are doing the job he/she was trained to do."

We pay a fortune in taxes for salary, benefits & overtime for these borderline characters to protect us.

But what protection? This is not a real city where cops face gun-battles and any true on the job animosity or stress.

Their main risk is from drag racing the cruisers at night.

This person didn't kill herself over job stress doing her job to protect us.

It was some romantic dalliance.

Shooting herself was indeed poor judgment.

Do you think somebody like this should be running around with a gun?

Instead of killing herself, she would have displayed better judgment by recall of sage advise from the knowledge-base of watching Oprah & Dr. Phil....

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Ray,

Calm down, you missed the point.

This person surely had problems, but don't blanket the entire police force with her poor judgement.

LadueVGilleo writes:

Check the article date: October 22, 2010. Must be a slow news day.

RayPray writes:

in response to LadueVGilleo:

Check the article date: October 22, 2010. Must be a slow news day.

That explains why this story was absent from NSN website.

These guys couldn't get hired by my junior high school paper....

JessieZerin24 writes:

in response to RayPray:

"someone who is DEAD and cannot even defend themselves."

>>> Wake up! She can't defend herself because she chose to shoot herself over a romantic dalliance!

"Cpl. Flater's arrests had absolutely nothing to do with the way that her life was ended."

>>> Perhaps, true, but if you were the lawyer for one of her victims, wouldn't this be the first item you stress in court?

"Maybe children and the public need to be protected from people like you."

>>> No, the public must be protected against irrational bullies with a gun like you!

>>> Free speech? Cops and criminals, two peas in a pod!

Bullies with a gun like me? I'm not a cop, nor am I a bully. And whatever the reason that Cpl. Flater decided to end her life doesn't make a difference. Obviously she felt that that was the only soultion to end her pain at the time. I am also not a layer, and she had no victims. If you paid attention to anything you would know that she was given a special award for saving a life 2 years ago. You should think about what you say before you irrationally speak out on a public forum where all can see, including friends and family members who are taking this loss to heart and left behind to suffer the loss of Cpl. Flater. Yes, she made the decision to end her life, but that does make the loss of her life ANY easier to cope with, if anything, it makes it even harder to understand. Unless you knew Cpl. Flater personally, I would suggest you keep quiet on posting anything further on this forum just to see yourself posting meaningless comments that can harm other because you are bored.
Thank you,
Jessie Zeringue
feel free to look me up.

RayPray writes:

"I'm not a...bully."

"you keep quiet on posting anything further on this forum"

"feel free to look me up."

>>> Sorry to mis-characterize you as a bully. No, just a thug....

marco826 writes:

You all need a life here.

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