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Officer Robert Chadwick Wheeler | San Pablo Police Department, California San Pablo Police Department, California

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Robert Chadwick Wheeler

San Pablo Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 21

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Robert Wheeler was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at a jewelry store.

The store had been known to send out false alarms in the past. When Officer Wheeler walked into the store he was shot by two men who were committing a robbery. One of the suspects was arrested in the area shortly after the shooting. He refused to give the name of his accomplice who was never apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. In 2010 he was denied parole for the 16th time. He still refuses to reveal the identity of his accomplice.

Officer Wheeler had served with the San Pablo Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Bob and I worked many shifts together and answered several calls together. He was a good police officer and on many instances watched my back. I left the department in 1973 and I only wish that I could have been there to cover his back.
Bob your often in my thoughts and I am proud that I have known you and your dedication to the Badge.

James Pucci, former SPPD Police Officer
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September 21, 2015

 

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