Charlotte County arson suspect son of fallen deputy

A man accused of committing arson and setting multiple fires in Charlotte County was the son of a deputy killed in the line of duty, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Wilson, 21, was arrested Wednesday in connection with several fires that burned in Port Charlotte, according to The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. He is facing charges of arson and violation of probation.

Sergeant Michael L. Wilson (Photo via Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Wilson’s father, Sergeant Michael L. Wilson, 42, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Aug. 5, 2013, according to the sheriff’s office website.

Wilson became a person of interest after neighbors came forward and provided images of a vehicle that had been seen near the brush fires at Mayville Ave. and McManaway Ave., the sheriff’s office said.

The vehicle was a silver Kia with distinguishable features, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives searched registration records that led them to Wilson.

Detectives located Wilson at a traffic stop and discovered a can of gasoline and a shotgun in the Kia which was a violation of his probation, the sheriff’s office said.

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