Patrolman Grady Van Wilson

Patrolman Grady Van Wilson

Camden Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, June 18, 1973

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Grady Van Wilson

Patrolman Grady Wilson was accidentally shot and killed while attending a training course at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in East Camden, Arkansas.

Following a training course, he and his roommate returned to their dorm room and were practicing techniques. The roommate pointed his revolver at Patrolman Wilson and pulled the trigger, thinking it was unloaded. The weapon discharged and struck Patrolman Wilson in the abdomen. Patrolman Wilson was transported to Ouachita County Hospital, where he succumbed to the wound.

Patrolman Wilson had been with the Camden Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)


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Patrolman Wilson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Camden. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 18, 2023

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