Patrolman Louis H. Wilmers

Patrolman Louis H. Wilmers

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, September 4, 1890

Louis H. Wilmers

Patrolman Wilmers was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a switchman in the railroad yards. Patrolman Wilmers had learned that the railroad worker was carrying a gun and went to the Frisco Railroad Yard to arrest him. During the arrest the man shot him in the spine and then fled. The wound left Patrolman Wilmers paralyzed until his death 11 days later. The suspect was apprehended and positively identified by Patrolman Wilmers before his death.
Patrolman Wilmers had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Patrolman Wilmers,
On today, the 126th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis.


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September 4, 2016

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