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Sergeant Wilbur Lewis Berry | Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sergeant

Wilbur Lewis Berry

Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 19, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 8

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Wilbur Berry was shot and killed while he and two deputies were struggling with a burglary suspect.

The deputies had responded to a residence after neighbors reported suspicious activity. The deputies discovered a stolen truck in the backyard and searched the house. During the first search they did not locate anyone so they started to process the stolen truck. When the deputies searched the house again, they discovered a man hiding in a bedroom. The deputies attempted to arrest him and the suspect began to struggle.

They were able to get one handcuff on the suspect when he suddenly grabbed one of the deputies' handgun out of its holster. The deputy immediately sprayed the suspect with OC , but he was able to fire the weapon, striking Sergeant Berry four times and the second deputy twice. The third deputy on the scene returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

Sergeant Berry was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Berry had served with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office for 20 years.

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Wilbur,

It's been quite a while since we had our last conversation, just the day before you moved on. I must say you were always jut you. I pass by your house nearly every day, and often think about our talks. I really enjoyed just stopping by and shooting the bull. I want everyone to know how much you have been there for so many people. The humbleness you exhibited while working with people was inspirational to me and a characteristic I will try to pass along. I truly believe when we pin on the "shield" we have to wear it with pride, but hide it behind service to those who we protect from the wolf. I saw that in you. I will try to make sure to set that example that you set for me. I will always call you friend. It was a great blessing to have had the chance to know you as family. Blessings to those you left behind and we will continue the watch.

Officer Kevin Baker
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security
September 15, 2015

 

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