Patrolman Cornelius Wilson

Patrolman Cornelius Wilson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 1, 1919

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Cornelius Wilson

Patrolman Cornelius Wilson was walking home after his tour of duty when he observed three men suspected of committing a series of armed robberies. Officer Wilson approached them and asked a few questions. Without warning, two of the men produced handguns and began firing. Although Officer Wilson was able to return fire, killing one of his assailants, his wounds were fatal.

Of the two remaining suspects, one was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Joliet Prison and the second was sentenced to life imprisonment, the prison is unknown.

Patrolman Wilson had served four years with the agency and was the first black Chicago Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Patrolman Wilson was survived by his wife and parents. He is buried at the Carrollton IOOF Cemetery in Carrollton, Kentucky.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 2902

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One killed; two sentenced to life

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Officer Wilson's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-9-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

July 9, 2018

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