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 Wilson and Deputy Donald Schneider were shot and killed when they attempted to apprehend a suspect who had murdered two people. The officers went to the man's home in Orange County. When they went to the front door the man opened fire with an automatic rifle, killing both officers. An Orange County deputy watching the back of the home shot and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody.

Detective Sergeant Wilson is survived by a wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Automatic
  • Offender Apprehended

murder suspect

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God bless Det. Sgt. Wilson for his service in a career cut tragically short. When this occurred, I was a high schooler in a youth group at the Anaheim Christian Center (later, Melodyland Christian Center) with one of Sgt. Wilson's daughters. At the time, we didn't know how to respond, only that it was a great tragedy. Today, I am a longtime Pastor and also am privileged to serve as a Chaplain at the local PD where our #2 son is an Officer. Thus, I am the father, brother and cousin of LE officers (my older brother Dave became an Officer in Fullerton CA just a few years before this shooting and my cousin Ron is a retired homicide detective from San Diego PD). In my continuing efforts to serve our officers and their families, I would appreciate an opportunity to chat with any members of Sgt. Wilson's family and can be reached at [email protected] should any be so inclined. I am grateful for this odmp page and the ongoing memorial it is to our fallen heroes.

Chaplain Dale Meador
Medford (OR) Police Department

December 2, 2019

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