Policeman Melvin E. "Mel" Wilson

Policeman Melvin E. "Mel" Wilson

Wise County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, July 25, 1920

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Melvin E. "Mel" Wilson

Policeman Mel Wilson was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest two men who had fired a gun and were drinking in Esserville at approximately 8:00 pm.

As he attempted to take the two men into custody one of them opened fire, killing him. One of the men was apprehended at the scene but the other one was able to escape.

Policeman Wilson was a U.S. Army veteran of the Philippine–American War. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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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 93rd 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 18, 2013

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