Officer James B. Wilson, Jr.

Officer James B. Wilson, Jr.

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Sunday, August 20, 1995

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James B. Wilson, Jr.

Officer Wilson was shot and killed after he pulled over a van for having fictitious plates. He had radioed in his location just before two of eight gang members exited the side of the van and opened fire on him with an AK-47 and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. Officer Wilson was killed while still sitting in his cruiser with his seat belt on and microphone in his hand. The suspects ranged from 14 to 20-years-old. One suspect was found guilty on March 22, 1996, of First Degree Murder. The suspect was a member of the Bloods street gang and had stated to his gang members that he was not going back to jail before opening fire on Officer Wilson.
Officer Wilson had been with the agency for 16 months and was survived by his fiancée and parents.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Found guilty

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Officer Wilson, I am angered to read the details of your murder by these cowards. They had no souls. I have to believe that our Lord opened His arms to you and sat you at His side. I pray that your family and all those that loved you here will somehow heal and find peace. I thank you for your brave service; your time here was too short. Rest in Peace, Sir.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Gainesville, GA

August 31, 2020

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