UPDATE: Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office held a press conference on Tuesday and released details surrounding Monday night's shooting.
Sergeant Michael Wilson responded to a call of a husband allegedly hitting his son and wife just after 8pm on Monday. Sgt. Wilson was the first to arrive and was met with gunfire.
"The suspect appeared to have shot down the staircase towards him and was able to shoot one exposed area not covered by his vest," said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell.
Wilson called for back up and died at a nearby hospital. Joe ViGiovanni lives inside the same building and saw deputies with guns drawn.
"They told us we had to leave the apartment. They asked if anyone else was inside beside my wife and I. They said we had to leave to protect us. They didn't think the walls were strong enough to stop any bullets," said ViGiovanni.