On December 8, 2009 at approximately 10:15 PM, a Lee County Deputy wounded a man identified as Gilmer Escobar (31) W/M of Lot 61 Dreamland MHP Sanford. Deputies responded to Lot 61 Dreamland MHP Sanford after Escobar called 911 and reported he was going to commit suicide. Upon Deputies arrival they encountered Escobar w/ a knife and what was believed to be a pistol. Escobar's actions caused the deputy to respond w/ deadly force, thus discharging his firearm and striking Escobar in the right arm. Escobar was treated at Central Carolina Hospital for superficial wounds and released.
Escobar has been sent for a mental evaluation, a family member reported Escobar has a long history of mental illness.
The SBI is investigating the officer involved shooting as standard procedure.