Lieutenant Vickie Salassi Wax

Lieutenant Vickie Salassi Wax

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, May 22, 2004

Vickie Salassi Wax

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.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 743

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Vicki, it does not seem like almost 14 years have gone by but you are not forgotten. The pain never really goes away, you just learn to live with it. You are missed and as our generation fades, I hope those who follow are aware of the losses.

Lt. Stephen Jackson (retired)
Baton Rouge Police Department

January 14, 2018

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