A local transient who was shot by a Collier deputy last month appeared in a Lee County courthouse Thursday.
Duane Alan Gregory, 49, is facing two misdemeanor charges of assaulting law enforcement officers stemming from the Oct. 19 shooting.
Around 9 a.m. that day, Gregory held a gun to his head outside the 7-Eleven at Estey Avenue and Airport Road. When Gregory refused deputies’ requests to lower the gun from his head, one of the deputies shot him, according to a witness. Although the gun appeared to be “realistic,” it wasn’t a real gun, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
“I really don’t remember the facts,” a wheelchair-bound Gregory told the court Thursday. “I can’t sit here and incriminate myself if I can’t give you any facts. I was in like a blackout. I was drinking.”