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Lieutenant Vickie Salassi Wax | Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana


Vickie Salassi Wax

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Saturday, May 22, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 743

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Lieutenant Vickie Wax was shot and killed with her own service weapon during her attempt at handcuffing a shoplifting suspect.

She had succeeded in placing a handcuff on one hand, and was attempting to cuff the other hand, when a struggle ensued. Lieutenant Wax was knocked down and she lost possession of her weapon. She was then shot. A store security guard and a customer, who had assisted her during the struggle, were also shot and seriously wounded.

The suspect escaped by carjacking a vehicle but later turned himself in. He was charged with first degree murder, two counts of first degree attempted murder, and several other charges. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to death.

Lieutenant Wax had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for 27 years. She is survived by her husband, father, two brothers, sister, and two nephews.

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Rest well my sister. Sad that you were alone and people just standing there watching. You gave the ultimate and will be remembered for your heroism.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)
May 22, 2017


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