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Patrolman Cornelius Wilson | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Cornelius Wilson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, May 1, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 2902

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One killed; two sentenced to life

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Patrolman Cornelius Wilson was walking home after his tour of duty when he observed three men suspected of committing a series of armed robberies. Officer Wilson approached them and asked a few questions. Without warning, two of the men produced handguns and began firing. Although Officer Wilson was able to return fire, killing one of his assailants, his wounds were fatal.

Of the two remaining suspects, one was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Joliet Prison and the second was sentenced to life imprisonment, the prison is unknown.

Patrolman Wilson had served four years with the agency and was the first black Chicago Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Patrolman Wilson was survived by his wife and parents. He is buried at the Carrollton IOOF Cemetery in Carrollton, Kentucky.

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My heart goes out to this man who was so dedicated that he was willing to question criminals while off-duty. His dedication cost him his life. That is to die with honor and dignity. A fallen hero. May he forever rest in peace for he paid the ultimate price.

P.O. Kimbelry C. Marshall
Chicago Police (retired)
December 15, 2015


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