Officials: ‘Good Samaritan’ fatally shoots man attacking deputy

Witness photo shows Lee County deputy fighting with attacker (Lee County Sheriff's Office photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a “Good Samaritan” fatally shot a man who was attacking a deputy near a southwest Florida highway.

The News-Press reports that Lee County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Dean Bardes was assisting Florida Highway Patrol with a crash Monday morning on Interstate 75 when 53-year-old Edward Strother nearly hit the deputy with his car.

Bardes, thinking the near-miss was intentional, pursued Strother and the man eventually pulled over.

The sheriff’s office says Strother attacked the deputy and slammed him to the ground. The man, a concealed weapons permit holder who authorities aren’t naming, arrived at the scene and reportedly told Strother to stop.

Officials say the attack continued and the armed man shot Strother after the warning.

Officials have called the shooter a Good Samaritan. No charges have been filed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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