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Competition Shooter Kills Fla. Sergeant

August 06, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Charlotte County SO.
Photo courtesy of Charlotte County SO.
SWAT officers found the barricaded suspect who shot and killed a Charlotte County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputy dead after entering the apartment early Tuesday.

Sgt. Michael Wilson, 42, was fatally shot at about 8:30 p.m. Monday providing backup for deputies who responded to a domestic dispute at the Lakes of Tuscana Apartments in Port Charlotte, the agency announced.

Wilson, a 21-year veteran, was shot once in the chest in the stairwell of the apartment complex in a fatal funnel, Sheriff Bill Prummell said during a press conference Tuesday. The bullet found an opening in the deputy's body armor. Wilson was killed by Jay Banko, a trained marksman with no criminal history. The 49-year-old suspect then took his own life.

SWAT deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and Charlotte County deputies entered the apartment shortly after midnight Monday and found Banko dead. Wilson leaves behind three children.

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EODK9Trainer @ 8/6/2013 12:17 PM

Rest in peace Sgt. Wilson and thank you for your duty.

John F @ 8/6/2013 2:33 PM

There are no routine calls, just a dam shame

JIM BATEMAN @ 8/6/2013 2:58 PM


Bob Chauncey, Chaplain @ 8/6/2013 2:59 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to the family, co-workers, friends & fellow officers in this terrible loss of the life of Sgt. Michael Wilson, may he rest in peace. As a Deputy Sheriff, Sheriff's Chaplain and Chief Chaplain for Vigilant Watch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) of volunteers here in VA who are a 911 for 1st Responder when they or their family have a need but no 911 to call, we are here for situations just like this.

We wish that all of our 1st Responder go home safely at the end of their shift, but also realize that it will not always be that way and no one knows the day or the hour that we may end our service here.

Even with that, it is a sad and terrible day when one of our own is the victim and loses their life in service to those who they serve. We must all do what we can for each other now as we do not know when our own day and time will come and we end our service here.

Steve LoPiccolo @ 8/6/2013 3:08 PM

Sgt. Mike Wilson-End of Tour....Rest in Peace Sarge...

uslawman1983 @ 8/6/2013 3:40 PM

"Only a warrior can put up his life as collateral. . and be OK with that"

This hurts a little extra as it was a neighboring agency and have brothers and sisters who were there and affected by this shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with all from the CCSO.

JohnnyD @ 8/6/2013 3:48 PM

Rest In Peace Mr. will be missed.

Bryon Miller @ 8/6/2013 4:43 PM

Rest in peace brother.

mwp72 @ 8/6/2013 4:44 PM

I always hate to hear stories like this. RIP Sgt. Wilson.

Trigger @ 8/6/2013 6:17 PM

Brother Michael thank you for your service. May the Good Lord hold you and your family close.

Carlos @ 8/6/2013 8:07 PM

Rest in Peace. :(

Sgt. Peoples @ 8/6/2013 8:53 PM

First, my heart go out to Sgt. Wilson's family and to his department. Second, please everyone wearing a badge, stay safe.

Troop @ 8/6/2013 11:46 PM

RIP Sarge

Dan @ 8/7/2013 1:28 AM

Rest in peace Sgt. Wilson! Prayers to your family.

It may be time for a Body Armor review at this dept.


Renee @ 8/7/2013 3:56 AM

Rest In Peace Sgt Wilson. Prayers for your Family, Friends and Brothers in Blue!

Jerry Jabri @ 8/7/2013 4:06 AM

may God accept you in his Paradice, rest in pease brother. (Tarrant County Sheriff office, Texas)

Talonsf @ 8/7/2013 5:22 AM

Rest in Peace.....Never forgotten

TERRY F. ZECH (RET) VAPD @ 8/7/2013 5:30 AM

Rest in peace Sgt Wilson. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold.

Chief Ted J. Gonzales @ 8/7/2013 6:57 AM

On Behalf of the Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association and my agency, I wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the family members of Sergeant Wilson and all of the members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Once again, this officer demonstrated his selfless dedication to our citizens by trying to stop the criminals responsible for so many criminal acts, injuries and deaths in our community. He did so by making the ultimate sacrifice. He, like so many other officers in our state and country, were working the late hours, reducing crime and maintaining the security, serenity and freedom we cherish in the United States. Sergeant Wilson gave the greatest sacrifice one can give protecting the citizens of Charlotte County and the State of Florida.
We are deeply saddened by this event. Look on the brave and heroic actions of our deputies and officers, and frown upon the felonious actions of the person responsible for another senseless killing of an officer. With such a great loss to the Wilson family, the citizens of Charlotte County, and the law enforcement community, the members of the Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association and Jupiter Island Public Safety Department wish to send our sincere condolences to all of you at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s office and more importantly, the family of Sergeant Wilson.

Chief Ted J. Gonzales
Director of Public Safety
Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriff's Association

TacDoc @ 8/7/2013 7:13 AM

May your new life bring you all of the things that you worked hard to bring others. R.I.P. Sgt. Wilson.

Jnamdray @ 8/7/2013 7:32 AM

Once again some scumbag gets their bucket list mixed up. Shoot yourself in the head first before trying to kill someone else.

PD2841 @ 8/7/2013 7:49 AM

I lost a friend the same way. Rest in peace, brother.

Richard Hightower @ 8/7/2013 9:26 AM

While I morn the loss of a brother officer -- I am upset at the yellow journalism displayed in this article. The mention of the murder as a "competition shooter" is not pertinent to the situation and smacks of an attempt to paint all competition shooters as somehow demented, mentally ill, or just plain criminally minded. NOT acceptable reporting.

ron b @ 8/8/2013 9:25 AM

PRAYER: God look over this family in the lost of this great officer. Each day dear Lord, we risk our lives because we love our fellowman. God, sustain this Family and all policemen and police women who face this reality each day. I Pray God that you will bind the enemy and keep us in the center of your will. Amen
Chaplain Ron Glenwood IL. PD

Pete @ 8/10/2013 7:23 AM

The highest respect is due to these men and women who put theirselves
in harms way for public safety. GOD BLESS sgt. Wilson and family.

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