Naples police chief reacts to deadly Estero shooting


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Naples police chief reacts to deadly Estero shooting

By Karl Fortier. CREATED Jul 9, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. - Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler says his officers are doing their best to deal with the shooting of two of their own in Estero. Sgt. Amy Young is hospitalized, and Det. Dave Monroig died from his injuries. Weschler has made sure that trained crisis team officers are available to offer support and guidance. But he's even more concerned for the victim's families.

"Our hearts go out to the families in this, that's our main focus right now is making sure that's taken care of," Weschler said. "It's a pretty personal moment for the police department and for the families."

Sgt. Amy Young is hospitalized, though her condition is unknown. She has been a supervisor on the day shift for Naples PD. Detective Dave Monroig was assigned to the Street Crime Unit. Both officers exceeded expectations in their job evaluations, although Young had one reprimand in 2011 for accidentally discharging her firearm.

"They had a relationship and that's about the extent of what I know about," Weschler said.

The chief says that while his department grieves, the officers investigating the shooting have been nothing but supportive.

"I want to thank Lee County Sheriff's Office for the communication and compassion that they've shown with the Naples Police Department," Weschler said. "They've been very professional and very sensitive with this investigation."

Even while dealing with the loss, he and his officers know they still have a job to do.

"The department's hurting right now," Weschler said. "I think everybody here are professional officers, and we'll get through this. We'll continue to do what we do best, which is protecting the city of Naples."

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Karl is a video-journalist based in the FOX 4 Naples bureau