Detective Sergeant Carl Eugene Wilson

Detective Sergeant Carl Eugene Wilson

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 4, 1973

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Carl Eugene Wilson

Detective Sergeant Carl Wilson and Deputy Sheriff Donald Schneider were shot and killed when they attempted to apprehend a man who had just murdered two people in the Los Cerritos Shopping Center parking lot. One was a woman, 20, and a man, 27, who was just walking to his car. He shot and critically wounded the woman's 17-year-old sister. The motive was said to be jealousy, but later it was determined the killer did know his victims.

The officers went to the man's home at 8251 Flight Avenue in Midway City after a witness was able to provide the license plate number of the fleeing car. They met an Orange County deputy at the home and then attempted to make contact with the suspect. When they went to the front door, the man opened fire with a .45 caliber submachine gun, killing both deputies.

The Orange County deputy watching the rear of the home shot and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody.

The subject, 23, was convicted of the murders and sentenced to life in prison. He was denied parole on May 13, 2022. His next parole hearing is in May of 2025. He is in the California prison health care hospital in Stockton where he has been since day one.

Detective Sergeant Wilson had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for over 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

murder suspect

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For years I have had a picture on my phone of Sgt. Carl Wilson's memorial plaque, located at the Orange Co. Sheriff's Academy. Being retired LASD I had intended to review the facts surrounding his death but had not done so until today.

Upon reading the ODMP account of Sgt. Wilson's death it is true that the sacrifice of our law enforcement hero's are not forgotten. The courage and dedication to duty exemplified by Sgt. Wilson is a big part of the reason we live in freedom in this country.

To the family and co-workers of Sgt. Carl Wilson know that his sacrifice was not in vain and he will forever be remembered.

Sgt. James Mair (Ret.)
Los Angeles Sheriff Dept- Denver Police Dept

November 29, 2022

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