Sergeant Earl Phillips Wilkins

Sergeant Earl Phillips Wilkins

Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1968

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Earl Phillips Wilkins

Sergeant Wilkins was struck and killed by a drunk driver on I-264 near Rodman Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Sergeant Wilkins and his motorcycle were parked on a grassy area off of the highway when the drunk driver struck them. He was assigned to the I-264 overpass for surveillance during the Martin Luther King riots.

Sergeant Wilkins was a U.S. Navy veteran of the WWII and Korean Wars. He was survived by his wife, two sons, mother, step-mother, and sister.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

drunk driver

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Sgt. Wilkins,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Portsmouth. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2018

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