Police Officer Charles Wilson

Police Officer Charles Wilson

Livingston Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Wednesday, August 20, 1924

Charles Wilson

Police Officer Charles Wilson was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress at a local house. Officer Wilson chased the two suspects into a nearby rail yard where he was shot and killed when the suspects opened fire.

One of the suspects dropped a bag belonging to Deputy Joseph Morgan of the Muskogee County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Department. The suspects had murdered Deputy Morgan in Tarrant County, Texas, while he was transporting them back to Oklahoma after they had been arrested in Texas.

After murdering Officer Wilson the suspects fled and went on to murder Officer Haze Burch of the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department when Officer Burch caught them siphoning gas from a vehicle.

One of the suspects was convicted in Arizona of murdering Officer Burch and hanged on January 8, 1926. The other brother was convicted in Texas of murdering of Deputy Morgan and was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Wilson was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One executed

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I knew I wanted to be a Cop since I was a young child. I graduated from the police academy in 2001. My mother gave me a copy of the B.P.O. Elks 246 "Northern Herd News" from Livingston, telling the story of Ofc. Wilson's death.

Ofc. Wilson was my Great Grandfather. My grandfather, Franklin G. Wilson, passed away in 1987 and I was too young for him to tell me anything about his father, or at least I don't recall any stories.

Nice to see other family members are LEOs. Stay safe out there!

Ofc. Leland "L.A" Kelly
New Albany (OH) Police Dept.

October 29, 2012

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