Deputy Sheriff James Arthur Wilson

Deputy Sheriff James Arthur Wilson

Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, November 15, 1923

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James Arthur Wilson

Deputy Sheriff Art 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 girl's 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.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, murder suspect

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Deputy Sheriff Wilson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Beltrami County.


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November 16, 2023

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