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Patrolman John L. Wilson | Homestead Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Homestead Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania


John L. Wilson

Homestead Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, September 8, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/6/1918

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman John Wilson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for trespassing inside a home at 335 Sixth Avenue.

A boarder at the home notified Patrolman Wilson of the man's presence. As Patrolman Wilson appraoched the home the man exited with a revolver and opened fire, striking Patrolman Wilson. Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman Wilson returned fire and killed the subject.

Patrolman Wilson succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Patrolman Wilson had served with the Homestead Borough Police Department for approximately 15 years. He was a widower and was survived by his three children.

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Patrolman Wilson,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Homestead Borough.


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September 8, 2016


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