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

Lieutenant

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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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
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May 22, 2015

 

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