Deputy Sheriff James Art Wilson

Deputy Sheriff James Art Wilson

Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, November 16, 1923

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James Art Wilson

Deputy Sheriff James Wilson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had murdered three other people over the affections of a 15-year-old girl.

The suspect who was arguing with a man shot and killed him and the girls parents. As the suspect then started dragging the girl from her home to his cabin, eight miles away, he met Deputy Wilson and shot and killed him. He left the girl at his cabin and was captured without incident the next day. The girl was found in state of shock, unable to talk, after witnessing all four murders. She saw her father's head completely blown off.

The suspect, age 33, spent the rest of his life in Stillwater Penitentiary.

Deputy Wilson was survived by his wife and son.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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