Patrolman Grady Van Wilson

Patrolman Grady Van Wilson

Camden Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, June 18, 1973

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 thinking it was unloaded, pulled the trigger. 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 agency for one year and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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I was a classmate of Van's at the academy. When he was shot I gave him CPR until we turned him over to the emergency room at the hospital. Van came an went a couple times on the floor in the room and in the vehicle on the way, he never once displayed fear or anger and just asked that his wife be told that he loved her. Van was #1 academically, #1 on the range and our class leader at the time of the accident which was our last week of training.

Van was my friend

Randy Daily
Jacksonville PD

March 26, 2018

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