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Police Officer Wilbert J. Downey | University City Police Department, Missouri University City Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Wilbert J. Downey

University City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, December 12, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 39

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/12/1969

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Apprehended

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Officer Wilbert Downey was shot and killed at the scene of a gas station robbery.

Officer Downey interrupted five men attempting a gas-station robbery. When Officer Downey entered the gas-station he tried to subdue the suspect armed with a 22 caliber weapon. The suspect shot Officer Downey once before gaining control of Officer Downey's service weapon, and then killed Officer Downey.

The shooting suspect was apprehended the next day in St. Louis and charged with murder. He was sentenced to the death penalty, however the sentence was appealed and overturned. The other four suspects were apprehended and sentenced to time in prison.

Officer Downey was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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I remember when this occurred, I lived as a child at 1335 Mt. Olive, in University City, though I only knew Officer Guitar whom lived across the street, and whom sparked the interest in law enforcement for me. However though it's been a long time ago I thoughts and prayers go to the family member that have lived through this all these years, though gone never forgotten. I too lost my father three years ago in a line of duty death.

Jerry Wayne Hicks
Madison County
October 30, 2014

 

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