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City Marshal Charles C. Wilson | Oceanside Police Department, California Oceanside Police Department, California

City Marshal

Charles C. Wilson

Oceanside Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 4, 1889

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Died in jail

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Marshal Wilson was shot and killed patrolling the downtown area. Marshal Wilson and his brother, the deputy marshal, heard gun shots near a hotel and went to investigate. When the arrived at the scene they observed a man holding a kerosene lamp taken from a street light. Marshal Wilson grabbed the man's horse by the bridal. The suspect immediately shot Marshal Wilson in the head, killing him instantly. The suspect fled but was later apprehended by a group of citizens. The suspect was sentenced to death after two trials but died in prison only a few weeks before he was to be hanged.

Marshal Wilson had been with the agency for over ten years and was survived by his wife and brother.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
July 13, 2015


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