Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson, III

Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson, III

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Robert Francis Wilson, III

Police Officer Robert Wilson was shot and killed when he and his partner interrupted a robbery at a video game store at 2101 West Lehigh Avenue at approximately 4:45 pm.

The officers were conducting a security check of the businesses in the strip mall and had parked in front of the store. Officer Wilson went into the store to conduct the security check and to buy a video game for one of his sons. While he was inside two brothers entered the store and announced a robbery, not noticing Officer Wilson's presence or the patrol car parked out front.

Officer Wilson immediately announced himself. He exchanged shots with the two brothers as he drew fire away from the customers and employees. He was struck three times during the shootout in which over 50 shots were fired. The two men then exited the store where they were engaged in a shootout with Officer Wilson's partner, who had remained in the patrol car. One of the subjects was wounded during the second shootout.

Both men were arrested and charged with Officer Wilson's murder. One of the brothers was on parole for robbery at the time and both had extensive criminal histories.

Officer Wilson had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for eight years. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 9990

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender In custody

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Dear Sergeant Wilson & Family,

Your unfailing courage on that horrible day will never be forgotten. The fact that those 2 criminals - brothers yet, both with records - were so intent on their crime they failed to observe your Patrol car outside of the video store....showed the incredible danger you & your partner were up against. The fact you instantly drew your weapon, protecting so many others in the store...shows what a young man of Courage and Valor you were and always will be in our memories & in our ongoing prayers for you and for your Family.

It is our hope & prayer that all your Family - especially your sweet Sons know in their hearts that people they don't even know carry you & them in our prayers and memories. Thank you for your dedicated service on the Philadelphia Police Department. You will always be held in our hearts.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of PPD Officers

May 9, 2019

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