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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy who was beaten on a Florida interstate more than a year ago has died.

The News-Press reports that Cape Coral police found 48-year-old Lee County Deputy Dean Bardes dead in his home Tuesday.

Police say no foul play is suspected in Bardes’ death. A cause of death hasn’t been released.

Authorities said that in November 2016, Bardes was confronted and slammed to the ground by 53-year-old Edward Strother after a pursuit. A man who police have described as a good Samaritan, Ashad Russell, shot and killed Strother. Russell was not charged in the shooting.

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Schall said that Bardes had served for 14 years “with honor and dignity.”


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,