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

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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

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: 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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Jimmy, we shared a birthday October 11. You were 1 year older but you looked out for me. I remember the day you were shot and killed. I was working at a no where job on the corner of 85th and Blondo. I remember all of the police cars speeding down the street northbound. Little did I know you were in trouble. When I found out what happened, I wished that I could trade places with you. You see, you had your stuff together unlike me, I was just drifting. Your senseless death made me take a good look at myself and change my ways. I can't thank you enough for your service. God speed.

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May 27, 2015

 

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