Morning in Fort Myers Begins with Apparent Murder-Suicide: UPDATE

Lee Herald Favicon 16The Fort Myers Police report that they initially responded to a 6:10 a.m. call to the Pebble Court Apartments regarding gunshots.

The deceased, white female found has been identified as Whitney Kugelman (DOB: 11/17/1986).

Whitney Kugelman


Kugleman had some past interaction with Lee County law-enforcement with both the FMPD and the LCSO.  Her most recent arrest involved a charge of Burglary with Assault or Battery last month.

FMPD officers were advised that a potential suspect may be barricaded in apartment 7.  Nearby residents were evacuated and the department attempted to establish dialogue with the suspect now identified as Michael Nesse (DOB 11/24/1975).

The department dispatched the SWAT Team and Critical Incident Negotiation Team hoping for a non-violent resolution to the incident.

FMPD attempted, for over two hours, to speak with Nesse, but received no responses to their communications.  The SWAT Team entered apartment 7 to find the body of Michael Nesse in a bedroom.  Neese appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Michael Nesse

Michael Nesse had a prior arrest and conviction for a Palm Beach County Strong-Armed Robbery that took place in 2004.  He was sentenced to one year and three months for the offense.

The Fort Myers Police Department believes that this incident was the result of a domestic violence episode.  Should you have any information regarding this event, please contact the Fort Myers Police Department at 321-7700. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD.  Information can be provided anonymously.

Original article:

The Fort Myers Police Department responded to a call for assistance, this morning, on the 2900 block of Jackson Street near the intersection with Maple Avenue.

FMPD Captain Jim Mulligan

Captain Jim Mulligan of the Fort Myers Police Department indicated that responding officers found the body of a deceased female “in the breezeway of the apartment.”

Based on witness testimony, the FMPD quickly recognized that there was a possibility that the shooter was still inside one of the apartments in the complex.  FMPD attempted to establish contact with the suspect, calling on his cell phone and knocking on doors and windows, but were unable to speak with him.


The Fort Myers Police Department needed to evacuate nearby residents and the Lee County School District made the Fort Myers Middle School gymnasium available to anyone asked to leave their residence.

The department treated this as a “barricaded subject situation” and dispatched SWAT and hostage negotiators.  After two hours of failed contact, SWAT officers entered the apartment and discovered a deceased male with a gunshot wound.

Neither name has been released and the incident is being treated as a murder-suicide.

The Lee Herald will update the details of this story as additional information is received.

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Images: © Gary Levine

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