At approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon a Lee County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit Detectives attempted to make an arrest following a drug purchase in Estero.
According to Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, the subject, later identified A Litray Maurice Bell (DOB 02-28-1989), resisted arrest, entered his vehicle and “intentionally tried to strike” an LCSO officer.
A detective fired his weapon at the subject.
LCSO located the suspect at a “secondary residence” and found the subject barricaded within.
Briefly thereafter, Bell surrendered himself without additional incident. He is charged with Fleeing and Eluding, Aggravated Batter on LEO, Hit and Run, Aggravated Assault and Cocaine Sales and Possession.
Bell has ten prior arrests including, but not limited to, multiple prior Fleeing and Eluding, Cocaine Possession, Aggravated Battery, Out-of-County warrants, Cocaine Distribution and Touch or Strike Law Enforcement Animal.
Bell has a lengthy criminal history in Lee County, alone. Despite his many arrests, a good number of his cases have been “nolle prossed” of “No informationed” by the Office of the State Attorney.
Nolle prosequi, according to the law.com legal dictionary, is a latin term meaning “we shall no longer prosecute.” This is “a declaration made to the judge by a prosecutor in a criminal case (or by a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit) either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped.”
“No information,” however, is indicative of a lack of evidence. “If a notice of no information is filed, it indicates that the prosecutor believes there is insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and is declining to prosecute the case,” according to uslegal.com.
The Lee Herald has reached out to the State Attorney’s Office for comment and will provide their response, if received.
The LCSO officer was transported to a local hospital with injuries deemed to be minor.
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