- Name: AMAYA, GILBERTO
- Charge: CRIMES AGAINST A PERSON SPECIFICALLY A FELONY COMMITTING AN ACT THAT COULD CAUSE DEATH; FLEEING/ELUDING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WITH LIGHTS AND SIRENS ACTIVATED; HOMICIDE-WILLFULLY KILLING MURDER, NON-PREMEDITATED, DURING A SPECIFIC FELONY; CAUSING GREAT HARM OR DEATH TO A POLICE ANIMAL; CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO SOLICIT OR CONSPIRING A FIRST-DEGREE FELONY; ROBBERY WITH A FIREARM;
- Residence: LEHIGH ACRES
- Age: 30
2955 Colonial Blvd.
FORT MYERS — An armed robbery at a Fort Myers McDonald’s ended with the death of a police dog and a 17-year-old suspect Tuesday night.
A second police dog was also injured.
The Fort Myers Police Department responded to the robbery at 2955 Colonial Blvd. at about 10:30 p.m. according to a Fort Myers Police press release.
When officers arrived, two suspects with handguns, identified as Gilberto Amaya, 30, and Kamyn Jodeci William Bright, 17, fled the scene, according to police; Amaya in a vehicle and Bright on foot.
According to the report, an officer and his K9 partner were pursuing Bright, when the suspect began shooting at them.
Shots hit the dog, named Rosco.
After more gunfire was exchanged, Bright was shot and killed at 4415 Metro Parkway, according to police.
Other officers pursued Amaya by vehicle, the release said.
The suspect’s vehicle struck another K9 partner, Axe (pronounced ‘Ox’), with his vehicle and lead police toward Lehigh Acres, the release said.
According to Fort Myers Police, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed in Alba, where he was arrested.
Police dogs Rosco and Axe were transported to an animal emergency hospital, but Rosco died on the way, the release said. Axe is in stable condition.
A third suspect, Leandro Fermin, 21, was charged with felony murder, robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit a first degree felony on Wednesday.
Police said Fermin, an employee of the McDonald’s, assisted the other suspects by leaving the back door of the restaurant unsecured.
According to a police report, Amaya agreed to pay Fermin $300 for his involvement in the crime.
The two officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave during a standard investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the department’s Professional Standards Bureau.