LCSO: man responsible for shooting deputy is a 'young career criminal'
Fox 4 News Staff
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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Matthew Wilson has an extensive record. He'd had more arrests than most of us can imagine in a lifetime.
Even before the helicopters stopped buzzing, Fox 4 began digging to find out more about who was in the vehicle deputies were chasing. They call him a young career criminal.
"As far as i know, only one individual in the vehicle," said Lt. Larry King, with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators identified "that individual" as 23-year-old Matthew Wilson, who's facing aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer for allegedly trying to run over a deputy. His name has not been released. Wilson is also facing theft charges. Deputies say they found stolen lawnmowers in the back of the stolen Dodge Ram Pickup Truck he was driving. It's just the latest chapter in a criminal saga that began when he was just a kid.
Wilson has been arrested 31 times starting when he was just 11-years-old. His rap sheet includes arrests for eight burglaries, four incidents of resisting arrest and five times of failing to appear in court. Authorties describe him as a registered felon. He was placed on probation on July 24, 2013.
And deputies say they also encountered Wilson at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. He was at the Tice Motel on a bicycle. He faced no charges at the time.