Charlotte County deputy shot and killed in the line of duty

Barry Miller

Charlotte County deputy shot and killed in the line of duty

CREATED Aug. 5, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 6, 2013

Port Charlotte, Fla. - A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Monday night. Corporal Michael Wilson, 42, a twenty one year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was responding to a domestic disturbance when a man opened fire on him and he was shot and killed.

The suspected gunman is also dead.  He is identified as 49-year-old Jaroslav Vanko.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. at the Lakes of Tuscana Apartments on Veterans Boulevard, which is on the east side of Port Charlotte. No other people were reported injured. 

Shortly after midnight Sheriff Bill Prummell addressed news reporters and said that SWAT had been surrounding the scene since the shooting and that around midnight SWAT members were able to go into the second floor apartment. He said deputies found a man deceased on the floor. He also added that there is no threat to any other people as they believe the deceased was responsible for shooting Corporal Wilson.

A news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in Punta Gorda.