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NAPLES — 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.