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New information: Details emerge on Retherford shootout

Billy Ray Retherford Jr., age 42

New information: Details emerge on Retherford shootout

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED Aug 8, 2012

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - The U.S. Marshals Service released its version of events that led to a deadly shootout involving murder suspect Billy Ray Retherford.

The Marshals Service joined the manhunt for Retherford on July 31st, a week after the murder of Debra Striano in San Carlos Park.  The Lee County Sheriff's Office had named Retherford as a suspect in the killing after arresting his nephew Dustin Jaye.

A tip on Tuesday from a citizen through Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers led the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to a duplex at 1231 Laurel Drive in North Fort Myers.

Officers identified Retherford through a window of the duplex sitting on a coach.

According to the Marshals Service upon entry officers realized that Retherford was armed with a handgun which he raised.  Task Force officers fired at Retherford several times, striking him and killing him.