Detective Melvin Wilmoth

Detective Melvin Wilmoth

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, February 23, 1971

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Melvin Wilmoth

Detective Melvin Wilmoth was shot and killed while conducting a drug raid on a house on at 6152 Waterman Boulevard.

He entered the house behind a group of people who were visiting the location and identified himself. An occupant of the home opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle, fatally wounding Detective Wilmoth. Detective Wilmoth was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Detective Wilmoth was assigned to the Special Operative Deployment Division and had been with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Det. Wilmoth,
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 St. Louis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 23, 2021

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