Detective Sergeant Carl Eugene Wilson

Detective Sergeant Carl Eugene Wilson

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 4, 1973

Carl Eugene Wilson

Detective Sergeant Wilson and Deputy Donald Schneider were shot and killed when they attempted to apprehend a suspect who had murdered two people. The officers went to the man's home in Orange County. When they went to the front door the man opened fire with an automatic rifle, killing both officers. An Orange County deputy watching the back of the home shot and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody.

Detective Sergeant Wilson is survived by a wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Automatic
  • Offender Apprehended

Most Recent Reflection

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I still vividly remember the events of this day 42 years later. It seems like only yesterday. I worked as a civilian employee at Lakewood Sheriff's Station and was 24 years old when this tragedy occurred. Carl and Don were detectives that I worked with every day. You gave your life to protect us all. God bless your families as I'm sure they've missed you every day since they were so senselessly murdered in the line of duty.

Sharen Valentine (was Walker)
Secretary, Lakewood Station, LASD

January 4, 2015

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