FDLE involved in North Port officer shooting


For Immediate Release
October 12, 2019

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Friday night, 10/11/19, FDLE’s Special Operations Team with agents from the FDLE Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center were serving a narcotics search warrant in Sarasota County.  Around 8:30 p.m., while searching the house, agents were confronted by a male suspect armed with a machete.  

Agents shot the suspect who has been identified as Fernando Mora, 57.  

Agents called paramedics and provided first aid to Mora, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No agents were injured.

Agents from FDLE’s Office of Executive Investigations, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, are investigating.  As in all officer involved use of force cases investigated by FDLE, agents will determine the facts of what happened and turn the case over the state attorney’s office who will decide whether criminal charges should be filed.  

Agents involved have been placed on administrative leave per FDLE policy.   ‚Äč

For Further Information Contact: 
Gretl Plessinger, Jessica Cary or Jeremy Burns
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

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