CCSO Investigating Man’s Death After Suspicious Incident At Ave Maria
Collier County Sheriff's Office
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 22-year-old man died subsequent to deputies responding to a report of a suspicious incident in Ave Maria on Monday morning.
Luke Stephen Scheck, 4114 Ogden St., Ave Maria, was pronounced dead at NCH Healthcare Northeast, 15420 Collier Blvd.
Around 7 a.m. deputies were called to respond to a report of a suspicious person in the area of the Ave Maria Oratory. Multiple witnesses told deputies that Scheck was running through the community acting erratic. One witness said Scheck had been lying in the road outside The Bean restaurant, 5068 Annunciation Circle, and had tried to jump in front of a car. Another witness said Scheck, a longtime friend, was acting uncharacteristically violent and had punched him in the face.
When deputies tried to make contact with Scheck he ran from them and jumped over several residential fences.
A deputy who encountered Scheck ordered him to stop. Scheck charged at the deputy, who then deployed oleoresin capsicum spray in an attempt to bring Scheck under control.
Scheck ran from the deputy, jumped over a 6-foot high fence and headed toward a nearby lake. Deputies at the scene radioed the CCSO Communications Center and requested that paramedics, fire rescue and CCSO Aviation units respond.
Scheck, who deputies said was continuing to act extremely erratic, walked into the water and continued forward, eventually dunking his head in and out of the water. Deputies attempted to verbally communicate with Scheck from land.
After a short time deputies observed Scheck appeared to be in distress. Deputies got him out of the water and onto land. Deputies began CPR until EMS personnel arrived and took over.
Scheck was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Throughout the incident Scheck was non-responsive as deputies attempted to communicate with him utilizing Crisis Intervention Training techniques in an attempt to de-escalate the situation and to bring Scheck into protective custody. At no time while the incident was active did deputies make physical contact with him.
CCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division is conducting a death investigation, which will include a toxicology report. The agency’s Professional Responsibility Bureau is conducting an administrative investigation to ensure that CCSO policies and procedures were followed.