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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shawn

United States

#1 Dec 16, 2012
Just like living in disney compared to chicago.

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Since: May 08

Branford, Fl

#2 Dec 16, 2012
Great job in ridding the Streets of trash!
acwp

Toledo, OH

#3 Dec 17, 2012
This man was not a piece of trash. He was someone's son, brother, and dear friend. This unfortunate situation has left those close to him heartbroken.
OHIO

Fostoria, OH

#4 Dec 17, 2012
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! THIS WAS A MAN WITH FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS ... WHILE EVERYONE IS DEALING WITH THIS THE COP IS ON PAYED LEAVE.....STILL BEING INVESTIGATED... A LOSER LIKE YOU SAYS GREAT JOB
jamie

United States

#5 Dec 17, 2012
OHIO wrote:
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! THIS WAS A MAN WITH FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS ... WHILE EVERYONE IS DEALING WITH THIS THE COP IS ON PAYED LEAVE.....STILL BEING INVESTIGATED... A LOSER LIKE YOU SAYS GREAT JOB
I would immagine the cop was thinking of his own friends and family when he made this very serious decision.To bad Tom didnt do the same.
shari

Roanoke, VA

#6 Dec 17, 2012
this man was NOT A PIECE OF TRASH!! i personally knew him and he was a kind man!~ what the news article isnt saying is that no one has even stated that any shots were fired by tommy and that the deputy has been put on paid leave! where are the cam videos?he did have a family,and many friends who cared a great deal about him! thay are shocked and still reeling from this news but all of them agree...this isnt something tommy would do! he never was known to hv firearms either! so..unless u know exactly what ur talking about i ask that u not judge..he was a good man and will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
shari

Roanoke, VA

#7 Dec 17, 2012
Joe Durt wrote:
Great job in ridding the Streets of trash!
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.
kenneth schultz

Temperance, MI

#8 Dec 18, 2012
r.i.p...tom,iv know,n tom long time.work,d with the man 5 years.just dosnt add up? something,s not right?!
tom66

Summerville, SC

#9 Dec 18, 2012
Sorry for your loss.But sometimes we dont really know the people that we think we are close with.Why else would people get divorced at such a high rate?
John

Cape Coral, FL

#10 Dec 18, 2012
Why did he pull behind the ice cream place instead of just pulling over on the street in front?
He was just arrested 2 weeks ago for drug equipment and use of it, as well as loitering and proweling.
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend to those that are commenting, but it seems like this gentleman had gotten himself involved with some things that he probably shouldn't have.
You couldn't pay me to be in law enforcement these days with all of the druggies and criminals running around out there.
I'm glad the officer is safe. This is something he will have on his mind for the rest of his life.
allstar

United States

#11 Dec 19, 2012
Lots of drug activity with beach crowd.
Pennylove76

Fort Myers, FL

#12 Dec 20, 2012
I certainly hope that nobody is ever falsely arrested or is from an area known for some drug use because according to people on this forum, then it is excusable and expected to be shot to death by our peace officers.

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Since: May 08

Branford, Fl

#13 Dec 20, 2012
Pennylove76 wrote:
I certainly hope that nobody is ever falsely arrested or is from an area known for some drug use because according to people on this forum, then it is excusable and expected to be shot to death by our peace officers.
No it's not expected to be shot by anyone however the story I read stayed. That this guy produced a weapon and was subsequently killed in the exchange! However as is often the case so many other would have us all to believe that he was an innocent victim of Police brutality. This was clearly not the case however as his recent history with Law Enforcement has come to light another side of this individual has also come to light! I stand by my original post, Thanks Lee County S.O. For removing this trash from our streets!
Rollergirl

Bronx, NY

#15 Dec 21, 2012
ExSWATCop wrote:
You my friend are an asshole, and I say that with a big smile on my face. When people like you open your mouth & pass judgment on someone, you should be slapped as its not your job to do so. only one person can do that. Why in the wold would you run your mouth like this? Did you know Tommy? I did since 1994. I was a police officer for 15 years and have been involved in taking a life. How about we wait for the actual report on what happend before saying dumb shit. And by the way, he was arrested for loitering/prowling & paraphernalia, he had not been convicted of ANY crimes. Nowhere does it say he produced a gun. Its reported that he was armed. lets not forget as Americans we have the right to be armed. You sir, are the piece of trash!
WELL SAID!!!!!! Tommy was NOT trash by any means. This whole situation just doesn't add up. We need answers.....soon. And to all those passing judgment when you don't even know Tommy, go F yourself. Why are you even commenting on a person that you don't even know?!?! May you rot in hell....
swatcopmyass

Cape Coral, FL

#16 Dec 21, 2012
When we know and care about someone, it's hard to imagine that they're less than perfect.

"Good" people don't have drug paraphernalia on them at 3 a.m.

Tom, BEFORE he was n addict, probably was a great guy and would never have found himself in this position.

With a recent arrest, he knew he would have new charges now and he hadn't even gone to court yet for his last arrest. He was probably freaking out thinking about the amount of trouble he was about to be in.

He pulled around to the BACK of the building. Has anyone ever parked back there? I have while getting ice cream. It's DARK and creepy.

I think he pulled back there, so he could shoot the officer and not be seen. Yes, at this point, it's clearly speculation, but the facts will be revealed soon and I doubt I'm too far off base.

If he planned out killing the officer to keep himself out of jail, then he absolutely got what he deserved. Addicts will do ANYTHING for their drug. Anything. Their addiction comes first. Anyone who is an addict, or knows one, can verify this. Addicts are worthless and just taking up space.

This would have been a much sadder story if the officer had been killed while just doing his job.

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Since: May 08

Branford, Fl

#18 Dec 21, 2012
ExSWATCop wrote:
Again, you run at the mouth you should be kicked in. When you "think" you know something, how about shutting up til you "know" something. Do you know he was a drug addict? Did you know him? The answer is No. Why don't you show your face & mouth where friends will be to Honor Tommy & the great person he was. Cause your a big mouth behind a keyboard. Why don't you post when a friend of yours passes, you probably don't have one. Maybe your a drug addict. Or maybe that's why your such an asshole. Like your profile says "I'm just calling it like I see it" Asshole
Where will the Memorial service be at maybe Lee County SO can come by and take some more trash off the streets!
swatcopmyass

Cape Coral, FL

#19 Dec 21, 2012
ExSWATCop wrote:
Do you know he was a drug addict?
All upstanding, non drug abusing citizens are driving around with crack pipes at 4 in the morning. You're right. What was I thinking?
And yes, I'll be the first to admit that I'm an a-hole. Everyone knows that.

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Since: May 08

Branford, Fl

#20 Dec 21, 2012
swatcopmyass wrote:
<quoted text>All upstanding, non drug abusing citizens are driving around with crack pipes at 4 in the morning. You're right. What was I thinking?
And yes, I'll be the first to admit that I'm an a-hole. Everyone knows that.
Very well put I sure am glad someone else is able to look at what isn't being said along with what is!
jsvoboda

Swanton, OH

#22 Dec 21, 2012
very well said kevin ! f-this shit talkin ass hole, come up to Toledo and run your shit hole, you joe dirt wanna be piece of shit ! tom was a great guy, have you ever considered that the cop screwed up and they are covering up ? have you never made a mistake ? you are making up facts that have not been written, none of us are perfect ,we all make mistakes at some point in our lives, you speculate that tom was a would be cop killer ? fuck you ! you are an idiot, crawl back under the rock you belong under! what I'm saying to you is shut the f up, butt out, go away you miserable piece of shit ! do you understand you ignorant fool ?hope karma takes you slow and painfully !

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Since: May 08

Branford, Fl

#23 Dec 21, 2012
jsvoboda wrote:
very well said kevin ! f-this shit talkin ass hole, come up to Toledo and run your shit hole, you joe dirt wanna be piece of shit ! tom was a great guy, have you ever considered that the cop screwed up and they are covering up ? have you never made a mistake ? you are making up facts that have not been written, none of us are perfect ,we all make mistakes at some point in our lives, you speculate that tom was a would be cop killer ? fuck you ! you are an idiot, crawl back under the rock you belong under! what I'm saying to you is shut the f up, butt out, go away you miserable piece of shit ! do you understand you ignorant fool ?hope karma takes you slow and painfully !
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!

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