Patrolman Louis H. Wilmers

Patrolman Louis H. Wilmers

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, September 4, 1890

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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.

The suspect, 28, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 45 years. The Missouri Supreme Court reversed and remanded his sentence and a new trial was ordered. He was released on July 1, 1892, and never retried.

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 Released in 1892

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Patrolman Wilmers,
On today, the 130th 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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