During a shootout with the fleeing suspects of a home invasion in San Carlos Park, bullets struck through a cruiser windshield and missed a Lee County deputy’s head by mere inches, said Detective Ryan Mackinnon at a court hearing for one of the accused.
The violent encounter happened Tuesday night near Interstate 75 and Alico Road. Travis Rains, 17, and Jordan Gurke, 22, fled from an attempted home invasion in San Carlos Park and traded gunfire with deputies who tried to arrest the duo, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
No bystanders or deputies were injured in the clash, the sheriff’s office said.
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Rains and Gurke were both sent to the hospital and booked into jail after their release, according to the sheriff’s office, but the law enforcement agency has refused to confirm the severity of the injuries Gurke or Rains sustained during the reported confrontation.
Both suspects were in court Thursday.
Gurke, seated in a wheelchair, appeared before a Lee County Circuit Court judge via video call from the jail, where he remains as of Thursday afternoon.
Gurke’s defense lawyer said that nothing in Gurke’s booking report shows he was the one driving the fleeing van or that he fired a weapon.
Mackinnon, the Lee County detective who was present at Gurke’s hearing, said Gurke admitted to driving the runaway van and that Rains told him not to stop for deputies.
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Gurke is charged with three counts of attempted murder of an officer, resisting arrest and fleeing law enforcement. The judge set his bond at $365,000, required that he wear a GPS monitor if he posts bond and that he surrender all firearms and weapons.
Gurke’s next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19.
Rains is charged with three counts of attempted murder of an officer and was released from county jail to the custody of a guardian Wednesday. When reached by phone, Rains’ guardian declined to comment.
Rains appeared in juvenile court Thursday morning for a hearing where he was ordered to be placed in juvenile detention for 21 days, according to Sara Miles, a spokeswoman for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court.
Rains has another court hearing scheduled Friday.
Charges related to the suspected home invasion are pending, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said at a Wednesday morning news conference.
Gurke’s arrest report was yet to be released by the sheriff’s office as of Thursday afternoon. The report detailing Rains’ arrest states that one suspect shot at deputies and neither Rains nor Gurke was struck by bullets when deputies returned fire.
Gurke failed to surrender to deputies and an LCSO K-9 unit found him in the woods next to the interstate, according to the available arrest report. Rains repeatedly hit a K-9 on the head in an attempt to avoid arrest, the report states.