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Officer James B. Wilson, Jr. | Omaha Police Department, Nebraska Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

Officer

James B. Wilson, Jr.

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Sunday, August 20, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/20/1995

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Suspect: Found guilty

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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.

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At the time of this incident I was 12 year veteran working the streets of Omaha. I was given the great honor to guard Jimmy Wilson seniors home during the funeral. Senior was also a police officer at the time and someone I called friend. After the funeral I had to patrol the streets with a heavy heart. What made it easier was the citizens of Omaha turning their headlights on to pay honor to Jimmy and all officers. A day I will never forget!

Retired Police Officer Gerald N. Paul 3
Omaha Police
January 8, 2014

 

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