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


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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I began with SPPD in 1968 and was working as a detective the day Officer Wheeler was killed. I knew Bob as a hard working officer who was quick to assist, cover and counsel his fellow officers. Bob also had a very strong sense of compassion toward the community he served and protected. I am proud to have known and worked with Bob and think often of August 4, 1977.

Malcolm Vaughan
San Francisco DA's Office (Retired)
December 24, 2016


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