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Police Officer W. A. R. Wilson | Chester Police Department, South Carolina Chester Police Department, South Carolina

Police Officer

W. A. R. Wilson

Chester Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, May 9, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/8/1891

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer W.A.R. Wilson was shot and killed by a subject who was seeking revenge over an arrest he had made the previous day.

He had arrested a woman for trespassing at the local railroad station. A local saloon keeper took offense to the arrest and confronted Officer Wilson on the city's main business street. As they spoke the man suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Officer Wilson in the chest. The two struggled for several minutes before several bystanders interfered.

The subject was able to flee the area.

Officer Wilson was a Confederate Army veteran and had served with the Chester Police Department for only six months.t

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Officer Wilson,
Sir, it has taken over 125 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chester.


United States Border Patrol
July 2, 2016


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