Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, April 10, 1990

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Gary Dale Wilson

Sergeant Gary Wilson was shot and killed when he responded to an armed assault call.

He and six other officers went to a local hotel to arrest the suspect. Whey they knocked on the door and announced themselves the suspect immediately opened fire with a .30 caliber military rifle. Officer Wilson was struck twice by rounds which were shot through the hotel wall. another officer was also wounded during the shootout. The other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody.

The subject who shot Sergeant Wilson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died of natural causes while in prison on December 9, 2011.

Sergeant Wilson had served with the Duluth Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and parents.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 244

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, April 9, 1990
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

assault, fight call

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Sgt. Gary Wilson, it has been 32 years since your End of Watch and we remember you, your family, and friends for their sacrifice. This year, the old Seaway Hotel was razed and we no longer must drive past the place where your life was cut short and a place where every cop associates your tragic loss as a reminder of the inherent dangers of policing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and friends. Rest In Peace.

Chief Mike Tusken
Duluth Police Department

April 10, 2022

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