Fight leads to weapon charges

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— A Preston man pre­vi­ously con­victed of a felony has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a shot­gun af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with an­other man in the Easton Walmart park­ing lot.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the man as Alexan­der L. Wil­cox, 39, who pre­vi­ously was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and theft in Mary­land and crim­i­nally neg­li­gent man­slaugh­ter in Delaware, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Wil­cox was meet­ing some­one at Walmart on May 22 when he and an­other man got into an al­ter­ca­tion. Wit­nesses at the scene told po­lice the man bran­dished a hand­gun, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Wil­cox told po­lice the man be­gan to charge to­ward him with his hand in his pocket, ac­cord­ing to court records. Al­though he did not see a gun, Wil­cox said he feared for his safety and the safety of his chil­dren, who were at the scene, and he re­trieved an un­loaded shot­gun from his ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to court documents. The fight dis­solved and both par­ties left the scene by the time po­lice ar­rived, court records show.

Ac­cord­ing to court documents, while po­lice were in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses, they found the other man in­volved in the al­ter­ca­tion, but he did not have a hand­gun, and po­lice searched the area and did not find one.

Wil­cox’s ve­hi­cle was left at the scene and towed while po­lice ap­plied for a search war­rant, ac­cord­ing to court records. Po­lice found the un­loaded shot­gun in its trunk, po­lice said.

Wil­cox is charged with pos­ses­sion of a shot­gun by a con­victed felon and pos­ses­sion of a shot­gun by dis­qual­i­fied per­son. Po­lice said he was served a crim­i­nal sum­mons on Thurs­day, Aug. 3.

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