A 29-year-old Florida police officer with roots in Wayne died Saturday, a week after a gunman shot him in the head.
Fort Meyers Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller had been in critical condition since last Saturday after a man who he was chasing for stealing a cellphone shot him at a local gas station, authorities said.
"It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community that Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller has passed away," FMPD spokesman Mitch Haley wrote early Saturday evening. "We ask that you continue to pray for Officer Jobbers-Miller’s family, friends and our entire Fort Myers Police Department family."
Meyers worked as a volunteer firefighter in Wayne -- where his father, David, had been fire chief for three decades -- before moving to Florida to take a job as a police officer in 2015.
The man accused of shooting Jobbers-Miller was, in turn, subdued by another former township resident, Fort Meyers Police Officer Matthew Zarillo – who lived in Wayne until fifth grade.
Gunman Wisner Desmaret, 29, fired at Zarillo and other officers when they arrived at the gas station -- and was then shot and wounded by the officers, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs said.
Charges against Desmaret are expected to be upgraded to include murder of a law enforcement officer.
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