2017 fatal shooting in Naples still a mystery; police seek information from public
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A Naples police investigation into the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man in November 2017 is still active, and officers hope someone with information will come forward.
Franklin Francois was shot in the abdomen early Nov. 5, 2017, near Sixth Avenue North and 11th Street North in Naples. He was taken to NCH Baker Hospital Downtown, where he was pronounced dead, according to a Naples police report.
“We always encourage any person that has information regarding any criminal case to come forward and speak with a detective investigating the case,” said Lt. Matthew Fletcher, a spokesman for the Naples Police Department.
Police detectives especially hope to talk to anyone who saw or had contact with Francois the day he was killed or the previous day, Fletcher said via email. They also want to speak with anyone who has information related to why he was killed, Fletcher said.
The small street where Francois was killed connects to U.S. 41 and dead-ends before reaching Goodlette-Frank Road. It is home to a strip of businesses and small shops and features a walking path around a retention pond.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office helped police search for a suspect after the shooting, providing a helicopter and K-9 units.
According to a Naples police arrest report, a man matching a witness's description of "the individuals running from the area of the gun shots" was detained at 1300 Fifth Ave. N. shortly after shots were reported that Sunday.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis, the report states.
When asked whether that man was a person of interest in the case, Fletcher said police detectives have not ruled out any information.
Anyone with information can call the Naples Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 239-213-4822 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. There is a Crime Stoppers reward of $3,000 for those who come forward with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Here are three ways to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers.