Who actually is Eliceo Hernandez?
Eliceo Hernandez is named as the suspect killer who has reportedly been arrested for shooting down an off-duty Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner officer, Julian Keen, in LaBelle early Sunday, about 55 miles northeast of Cape Coral, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.
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Eliceo Hernandez Shot Officer Julian Keen While Driving Recklessly in LaBelle
According to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, Keen, who was off-duty at the time in the area of Nobles Road and Apache Circle, saw Eliceo Hernandez driving carelessly, also hitting a sign and driving away.
Officer Keen decided to stop a hit-and-run driver. When he approached Hernandez, Keen was shot and killed, according to local news reports.
“Once they were able to get the vehicle stopped, there was some sort of a conversation between them, where, at some point, shots were fired, causing Officer Keen to die of his wounds at the scene”, Sheriff Steve Whidden stated.
Early Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office claimed dispatchers were notified that someone had been shot near LaBelle, which is about 26 miles east of Fort Myers.
When Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident in LaBelle – about 55 miles northeast of Cape Coral, they found officer Keen dead.
Eliceo Hernandez Arrested
Deputies had taken three people into custody for questioning by Sunday afternoon, Tampa Bay’s FOX 13 reported.
Investigators said they were able to determine through interviews that it was Eliceo Hernandez, the driver in his truck, who shot Keen.
Hernandez’s arrest came after three suspects in the case were detained by deputies and questioned. The two others who were interviewed do not face charges.
Eliceo Hernandez With Bond at $500,000
Hernandez is in the Hendry County Jail with a bond at $500,000. His next court appearance is August 4.
Who is FWC Officer Julian Keen?
He was a football and track standout at LaBelle High School, also playing football at Webber International University.
The 30-year-old had served with the agency for six years.
Keen was described as “a genuine officer who would literally give his shirt off his back to ANYONE who needed it”.