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Thousands Gather For Funeral Of Slain Florida Deputy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- Thousands have gathered in Punta Gorda to mourn a deputy shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance in southwest Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott, fellow deputies and family members are remembering Sgt. Michael Wilson Saturday as a hero who will not be forgotten.

Wilson was killed Monday while responding to a fight at an apartment complex.

Investigators say Jay Vanko shot Wilson from the top of a stairwell, striking the deputy in the chest above his bullet-proof vest. Authorities say Vanko then turned the gun on himself.

Law enforcement colleagues recalled Wilson's smile, outgoing personality and how he never thought twice about going out on a call.


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