Fight leads to weapon charges
— 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.