Special Agent Wilson Michael Shee

Special Agent Wilson Michael Shee

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, December 12, 1957

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Wilson Michael Shee

Agent Wilson Shee had been working to obtain the cooperation of a hostile 55-year-old narcotics addict.

Approximately three weeks earlier, agents had discovered 3 ounces of heroin in the addict's room, and the addict was reluctant but promised the agents he would help obtain evidence against his source of supply. In addition, the addict had a conviction record for narcotics violations dating back to 1933 and knew he could be subject to deportation.

On the morning of December 12, 1957, the addict telephoned Agent Shee and suggested they meet at the corner of Clay and Montgomery Streets at 2:00 pm. At the appointed hour, 3 agents in a lead car were in front of Agent Shee, who had driven alone in his government vehicle. The plan was to have Agent Shee act as an interpreter while the addict was being questioned, and it was decided Agent Shee would drive the addict to a more secluded area. Agent Shee, who was unarmed, picked up the addict who entered and sat in the front passenger seat. When Agent Shee had just begun to drive east on Clay Street, the addict suddenly pulled out a gun and shot him under the right ear, and killed him. The vehicle then crashed into a parked car on the right side of Clay Street and stopped. The addict then placed the gun into his mouth and committed suicide.

Wilson M. Shee was a highly commended agent of the Bureau of Narcotics, United States Treasury Department. Agent Shee was assigned to the San Francisco, California office. Approximately 5 months earlier, Agent Shee had received an award for his undercover work in the arrest of 3 Chinese crew members who had attempted to smuggle opium from Singapore on the Swedish vessel, Astrid Onstad.

Agent Shee is survived by his wife and daughter.

In August 2003, at the National Asian Peace Officer's Association 14th Annual Conference held in San Francisco, California, 46 years after his murder, Agent Shee was posthumously awarded the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency's Purple Heart Award for bravery. In addition to this award, Agent Shee's widow, Evelyn, and his daughter, Priscilla, were presented with the Pioneer Award from the National Asian Peace Officer's Association, and a Congressional Proclamation presented by United States Representative Mike Honda.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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wilson, you were in my thoughts today, december 12, 2022.

deputy edward wong
san diego sheriff

December 13, 2022

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