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.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 219178801 -
Gray Television, Inc.