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Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr. | Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sergeant

Ben P. Wilder, Jr.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, July 22, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Killed by another officer

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Sergeant Wilder was shot and killed while he and two other deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on an individual who had fired a shotgun at a relative during an argument over possession of an electric fan.

Sergeant Wilder and one deputy were at the front door of the house when the other deputies looked through a carport window into the living room of the house and saw the suspect at the front door with a shotgun. The suspect fired the shotgun through the closed jalousie glass of the door, striking Sergeant Wilder in the head and striking the second deputy in the left forearm. Sergeant Wilder died immediately; the second deputy later had his arm amputated.

Law enforcement officers from a variety of state and local agencies responded to the scene and surrounded the house in the darkness. After multiple rounds of tear gas were fired into the house, the killer came out the front door, pointed his shotgun at a nearby deputy and was immediately shot and killed by police gunfire.

Sergeant Wilder had been with the agency for eight years.

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 27, 2016

 

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