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Special Agent John Irwin Wilson | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

John Irwin Wilson

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 22, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Indiana

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Special Agent John Wilson and Special Agent Walter Gilbert were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during an undercover operation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The agents had arranged with the man to meet at a bridge at 8:00 pm for the delivery of liquor. When the suspect arrived he suspected he was being setup and opened fire, striking Agent Wilson four times and killing him instantly.

Agent Gilbert was struck once in the back and succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital. The suspect was also shot and wounded and taken into custody one hour later.

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Special Agent Walter M. Gilbert
United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 22, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 15, 2013

 

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