FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Wednesday, the Fort Myers Police Department arrested 35-year-old Dietrich Wilcox, of Fort Myers, for Second Degree Murder. Wilcox will face the charge for killing 26-year-old Travis Burton earlier this year.
On February 1, 2012 at 7:19 p.m., police responded to a shooting at 2518 Pauldo Street. Upon arrival officers located Burton suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Burton was unresponsive and officers immediately began life saving measures. However, once Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene paramedics pronounced Burton deceased from his injuries. Witnesses at the time told police that Burton was sitting on the front porch when an unknown man ran in front of the home and began shooting at him. The suspect fled south on Pauldo Street. After a lengthy investigation, FMPD detectives with assistance from FDLE agents identified Wilcox as the suspect in the case.
Wilcox is currently in custody in the Lee County Jail on federal charges for an unrelated weapons offense. FMPD arrested Wilcox back in June for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon without Intent to Kill, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest without Violence. Once his federal charges are resolved, Wilcox will face the Second Degree Murder Charge.