Lee deputy involved in fatal shooting of Fort Myers man during traffic stop

Dec 15, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Naples Daily News

Around 3:40 a.m., a Lee County sheriff's deputy pulled over a "suspicious vehicle," a Jeep Wrangler driven by Thomas Kollman, 48, of 6936 Wittman Drive in Fort Myers.

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schmocas

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Dec 21, 2012
 
Joe Durt wrote:
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I believe that that you are blaming me for more than what I have said there is another poster here that I am being commented against on his behalf! With that being said yes I admit that I know absolutely nothing about the individual in question. However in my defense I have spent many years around the criminal element and have lost lots of faith in the Human Race in general!
Then you should not comment about a person or situation you know nothing about. Tommy has a lot of friends that know him well and are very upset about this whole situation and want answers.
swatcopmyass

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Dec 21, 2012
 

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ExSWATCop wrote:
I'm Kevin Vanover from Orlando, only about an hour from you. I'll gladly send you to the one who can judge someone.
A death threat? Really? Because someone took the side of the police officer involved?
That proves the type of person you are and if you're trying to represent what a wonderful person the man killed was, with foul language and threatening people's lives, you're failing miserably. Birds of a feather...
jsvoboda

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Dec 21, 2012
 

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swatcopmyass - you are an idiot along with the dirt bag guy ! the 2 of you should get together and be trolls elsewhere ! do not judge those you know nothing about ! the 2 of you are miserable fools ! hide behind your fake names and stir shit !
Valerie

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Seems like there are a few idiots on this page just wanting to run their mouths. There is always someone that has to keep going on and on just to feel better about themselves that really they have nothing better to do. So enough of attention to your stupidity. RIP Tommy!!!! You are dearly missed by all of us. Love ya and see ya later my friend!!!!
Jeremy

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Dec 24, 2012
 

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Valerie wrote:
Seems like there are a few idiots on this page just wanting to run their mouths. There is always someone that has to keep going on and on just to feel better about themselves that really they have nothing better to do. So enough of attention to your stupidity. RIP Tommy!!!! You are dearly missed by all of us. Love ya and see ya later my friend!!!!
The amount of time it's taking for the investigation to be made public is strange. Usually when they pull someone over and that person has a weapon and threatens the cop, it's made very public. They are being unusually quiet about this. For those that didn't know the man that was killed, it's very easy to chalk it up as "one less criminal off the street". Living in SW Florida, we see the low lives first hand and are happy when they are brought down by the law. They had some pictures of Tom on NBC2 and he certainly didn't look like a bad guy and many of his coworkers stated what a genuinely nice guy he was. I hope the details of this story come out soon for the family and friends sake.
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Dec 24, 2012
 

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I did it all just like they say, thanks to all my friends and for their support! Please don't waste anymore of your time on me. I had hit an all time low in my life and was a burden to society! The Deputy did all of you a great favor by getting out of my miserable life! Being a Homosexual and a Meth Head I was destined to die an early death any way! Now to my first the man who made me the Punk that I was the man who filled my heart with love Kevin Vanorden my lover, my friend, my everything I will be waiting for you on the other side'
jsvoboda

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#30
Dec 24, 2012
 
to the coward using the name tommy boy- go f yourself ! you are a burden to society and humanity ! if you had any guts you would use your real name, but you are a gutless piece of crap afraid to come out of hiding,afraid to show your hideous face to the world, afraid to use your name or show your face to tommy's friends ! a low life coward hiding behind a keyboard in a dark room, no friends to talk to, suffer your miserable life ! wishing you a very painfully lonely holiday!
Jeremy

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Dec 24, 2012
 

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Tommy Boy wrote:
I did it all just like they say, thanks to all my friends and for their support! Please don't waste anymore of your time on me. I had hit an all time low in my life and was a burden to society! The Deputy did all of you a great favor by getting out of my miserable life! Being a Homosexual and a Meth Head I was destined to die an early death any way! Now to my first the man who made me the Punk that I was the man who filled my heart with love Kevin Vanorden my lover, my friend, my everything I will be waiting for you on the other side'
Cold and uncalled for.
Markus

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#32
Dec 24, 2012
 
What's the deputies name?
Markus

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#33
Dec 24, 2012
 
What is the deputy's name?
Lori

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#34
Jan 3, 2013
 
No matter what the situation was Tom did not deserve to lose his life. Nor does his family deserve the pain they are going thru. For some to say " thanks for taking the trash out", I just hope you never make a mistake. Their are only two people who know what happened and one is no longer with us... Those who are passing judgement probably never knew him.
Jenn in the Cape

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#35
Jan 4, 2013
 
There was another incident last night in Ft Myers where an officer killed a citizen. The dfference was, they said right away that the victim was armed and tried to shoot the officer.

Where is the dash-cam video? Why haven't any more details been released? I think it's VERY suspicious that Thomas pulled behind the ice cream store instead of just pulling over on the street in front like everyone else does, but WHY aren't they saying more?

The only way to excuse him being shot is if he pulled a gun out. I see that many of his friends have posted here so maybe they can answer; Did he have a CCW permit? Did he carry illegally? Did he keep a gun in his truck?

When will the community have some answers?
Sid Siddall

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To Joe, admitting that you did not know Tom only amplifies your ignorance. No one on this earth has the right to judge others. So while friends and family grieve, YOU judge. And in doing so, upset the many of us that just want to remember Tom for the talented, good hearted fellow he was. I can't believe anyone whould be so heartless to make these kinds of comment who REALLY did not know the man, and was NOT a witness to what transpired. If you can't say something nice, please keep your mouth shut.
MissingAFriend

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#37
Jan 5, 2013
 
The cops lied and Tom died.

RIP Tommy.
Big O

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Jan 7, 2013
 
shari wrote:
<quoted text>thomas kollman WAS NOT trash sir..unless u knew him, i ask thatv u not judge. the shooting is under investigation..and the deputy has been put on leave.
Well maybe not Trash but a man with a questionable recent past!
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Lori wrote:
No matter what the situation was Tom did not deserve to lose his life. Nor does his family deserve the pain they are going thru. For some to say " thanks for taking the trash out", I just hope you never make a mistake. Their are only two people who know what happened and one is no longer with us... Those who are passing judgement probably never knew him.
Knowing right from wrong and still doing wrong knowing its wrong is not a MISTAKE. It's called stupidity and defiance!!!!
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MissingAFriend wrote:
The cops lied and Tom died.

RIP Tommy.
Tommy lied and that's why he Died!
ACWP

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#42
Jan 15, 2013
 
To friends and loved ones of Tommy: try not to let the unfounded, the mean, and the just plain ignorant comments on this forum upset you. That's what the posters are trying to accomplish. They are not worth your energy. May Tommy Kollman rest in peace.
John Davis

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jsvoboda wrote:
hey john davis, you are a troll ! piss off and go troll else where you miserable piece of shit ! you have no idea what you are talking about ! you did not know tom or you would not talk shit ! go suffer your miserable pathetic lonely life in your dark room ! you worthless piece of shit, your own family probably hates you !coward !!
Another Meth Head off the streets while all his friends swear he was the model citizen of Fort Myers! You yourself are nearly 1300 miles away and act like you were involved in Toms daily life and knew him the best. However the facts are just that FACTS, Tom had a double life that his family and closest friends knew nothing about a life rooted deeply in the darkest realms of life and that is ultimately what got him killed. Although I see it more as Suicide by Cop the cowards way out! Have a great day Loser!
jsvoboda

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#45
Jan 15, 2013
 
I am a long way from ft myers, no I was not involved in toms life, we were friends many years ago ! I don't see why some troll around to talk ill of people ! the true facts have not been released yet, so some make up things and call it fact ! I will stand up for a friend any time, those that feel the need to stir things for your twisted childish pleasure , karma is a bitch ! ya know do unto others !

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