Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- The fatal bullet that struck Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Wilson Monday night entered his body above his bullet-resistant
vest, just below his neck.
The suspect, 49-year-old Jay Vanko, fired the shot from
above; he was at the top of a staircase and Wilson was at the
bottom. The 20-year veteran was responding to a fight involving Vanko, his wife and son.
There is only one, straight staircase leading to the apartment
where the shooting occurred, at Lakes of Tuscana Apartments in Port
Charlotte, Sheriff Bill Prummell said at a news conference today.
"Basically it's a fatal funnel," he said.
as not to endanger other deputies, the sheriff's office brought in a
robot from Sarasota to ascend the stairs following the shooting. Based
on the robot's surveillance, deputies ascertained Vanko was dead
from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Wilson leaves behind a wife and three children, ages 13, 15 and 16.
Prummell spoke to Wilson's widow at the hospital.
"It was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do in my career," he said, "and I wouldn't wish it upon anybody."