Officer Robert Chadwick Wheeler

Officer Robert Chadwick Wheeler

San Pablo Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 4, 1977

Robert Chadwick Wheeler

Officer Robert Wheeler was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at Musselman's jewelry store, located at 1615 23rd Street around noon.

The store had been known to send out false alarms in the past. When Officer Wheeler walked into the store he was shot by two men who were committing a robbery. One of the suspects was arrested in the area shortly after the shooting. He refused to give the name of his accomplice who was never apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. In 2010 he was denied parole for the 16th time. He still refuses to reveal the identity of his accomplice.

Officer Wheeler had served with the San Pablo Police Department for 18 years and had previously served as a Sergeant within the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 21
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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San Pablo Police Department, Inaugural Awards Ceremony, 11/15/18
At Knox Performing Art Center in Contra Costa Community College

Gold Medal of Valor for Officer Robert "Bob" Wheeler posthumously awarded

June Wheeler
Wife

November 18, 2018

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