On August 5, 2013, Sgt. Mike Wilson of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was gunned down after responding to a domestic disturbance. Anyone who wishes to donate to the trust for the Wilson family can go to the Sheriff’s Office’s main public website at ccso.org to find a hyperlinked button for this specific PayPal account.This is the first time in the 92-year history of Charlotte County that a Sheriff’s deputy has died by gunfire in the line of duty. The following was written by his family at the sheriff’s office to an organization called “True Blue Warriors.”
Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Sgt. Wilson had been saving, serving and protecting the people for more than 21 years with the Charlotte County SO. Brother Mike began his calling working as a correctional officer and he never looked back. While working behind the gates, standing as our last line of defense, it was apparent this “True Blue Warrior” was meant to wear the badge. His dedication to service, his attention to details, and his Honor of his oath was exceptional in all ways. This officer took pride in his “armor” and understood that meant not just his appearance and his tools, but what was inside as well. Meaning he knew when courage was called for as well as when compassion was needed. Brother Mike then headed off to become a patrol officer where he continued to shine.Always wanting to learn more and do all he could as a law enforcement officer, Mike studied and trained hard. And it paid off.
From working as a school resource officer, where he was able to connect well with our younger generation, teaching them about good choices and giving them the tools they needed to do well, to working out there on the street crimes unit and as a narcotics detective. And no matter what his assignment was, two things stood out daily ... his fearlessness when faced with danger and his fairness when someone was simply having a bad day. Sgt. Wilson was great at sorting through all the shades of gray and getting to the truths. He never lost sight that things are not always as they may first appear to be and never became jaded. Sgt. Wilson treated all with respect and with humanity and he garnered much respect and trust for that. Even after all these years, Brother Mike knew there were more good people in this world than bad and he strove to make his small corner of the world a little bit safer and a little more brighter for all his citizens.
His fellow officers could always count on their brother to be right there no matter the call and that he had their six covered at all times. Sgt. Wilson had no trouble taking the lead and he did so with authority but with an open mind to others’ suggestions. He led by example, doing first the same things he asked of his men, showing them that no matter the rank or assignment, everyone and every role, was important.
And he let his men know every day just how important they all were.
When not in uniform, there was nothing he loved more than to spend quality time with his family and closest friends. With his amazing sense of humor and always-there smile, Brother Mike was simply a joy to be around. His love of fishing and the great outdoors ... and of life itself ... kept this warrior well-balanced which is imperative doing this work for so long.
Sgt. Wilson lived his life as only a hero could and he now leaves us with a legacy that needs to be passed forward. We do this by taking a part of our brother with us and continue where he left off while we continue to create our own legacies. This will ensure he is never forgotten and that his children will always know just how much of a difference their daddy did make to so very many.
This brave and benevolent son, husband, father and Brother of Blue will be incredibly missed ... so few will forget the day he went running to save a life ... giving his so they may live ... .
On August 5 at 8:08 p.m., the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a physical domestic disturbance at an apartment home. Deputies responded. Sgt. Wilson responded as a back-up officer but was the first to arrive.
Immediately upon Sgt. Wilson’s arrival, he was met with gunfire from the apartment above as he was at the bottom of a staircase, which formed a “fatal funnel.”
Mike was able to get that call for help/shots fired even after being struck by the gunfire to his chest. The gunman barricaded himself back in the apartment and following a standoff, a robot was sent in to find the gunman deceased (probably self-inflicted).
With a heavy heart and great sadness, this proved to be our brother’s final battle. The bullet appears to have entered above the ballistics vest line in a downward trajectory. Sgt. Michael Wilson succumbed to the fatal shot and was pronounced upon arrival at the hospital.
Mike leaves behind his beloved bride, Joanne, and three children, Brandon, 16, Tyler, 15, and Emily, 13.
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Wilson family, the men and women of the Charlotte County and Sarasota County Sheriff’s offices and to all who have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working alongside this True Blue Hero.
Our Brother, as you now patrol the streets of heaven, may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come ... in our brother’s honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life. Job well done, Sir.
Rest in peace, Sgt. Michael “Mike” Wilson ... we have the watch from here.View More images >>
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