Published: Aug 08, 2012 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2012 5:41 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- New information released by the U.S. Marshals Service reveals the circumstances surrounding the death of alleged wanted killer, Billy Ray Retherford.

On July 31st, the U.S. Marshals Service adopted the case in reference to the apprehension of Billy Ray Retherford based on leads and information developed by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force had continuously searched for Retherford until the early morning hours of August 8th.

On August 8th, based on a citizen tip through Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, Retherford was seen the area of Laurel Drive. Members of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located Retherford at 1231 Laurel Drive in North Fort Myers. The address was previously developed as a possible location for Retherford.

Task Force Officers (TFO’s) identified Retherford through a window of the aforementioned address sitting on the couch. Upon confronting Retherford, TFO’s quickly realize he was armed with a handgun. Retherford raised the weapon toward the TFO’s. The Task Force Officers fired at Retheford, striking him several times and killing him.