Lee County sheriff's investigators work the scene of a deputy-involved shooting in south Fort Myers on Saturday afternoon, March 24. A 71-year-old woman was injured in a gunfire exchange with deputies.
Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- The Lee County Sheriff's Office says the daughter of the 71-year-old woman involved in a shootout with deputies last week called law enforcement, because her mother was "virtually inconsolable" over a personal matter.
The daughter told investigators Patricia Mapes got some bad news earlier in the day, and Mapes told her she "couldn't do this anymore" and "couldn't take it anymore."
Deputies arrived at the scene and were told Mapes was possibly suicidal and had a gun in the residence, according to a sheriff's office report.
The daughter said she had missed a call from her mother and tried to call back several times without getting an answer.
A deputy arrived on the scene and found the front door unlocked. A second deputy arrived and the two began to knock loudly on the door. A third deputy then arrived on the scene.
Deputies found Mapes' vehicle in the driveway and decided to enter the residence after no one answered repeated knocks.
The deputies said they identified themselves several times while in the residence and said "We're here to make sure you're OK" and "We're here to help you," but they didn't get a response.
They were checking the master bedroom when Mapes called out "Who are you? I'll shoot you," according to the report.
The deputies said they again identified themselves, and she replied "I don't care who you are, I'll shoot you," and she armed herself with a .45-caliber handgun.
The deputies said they retreated as she stood in the doorway and pointed the gun at them.
Shots were exchanged between Mapes and a deputy. Mapes was hit and fell to the ground. None of the deputies were injured.
The deputies told investigators they were in fear for their lives and "thought they were going to die."
Mapes was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Dennis Culver, Fort Myers News-Press