Sheriff Jalmar Lamar "Jinks" Wilson

Sheriff Jalmar Lamar "Jinks" Wilson

Motley County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 12, 1976

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Jalmar Lamar "Jinks" Wilson

Sheriff Jinks Wilson was shot in the chest and killed by two armed robbery suspects when he caught them switching the license plates on two cars on Highway 70 at 11:50 a.m.

Sheriff Wilson was driving a motorist back to his disabled car when they encountered the two men switching the license plates from the disabled car to their getaway car. The suspects opened fire with a shotgun, killing Sheriff Wilson and wounding the citizen.

The two men were escapees from a Louisiana prison. Both men, 25 and 28, were captured within two hours near Crosbyton. Both were convicted of Sheriff Wilson's murder. One was sentenced to 40 years, and the other, the oldest, was sentenced to death on August 10, 1977. On March 21, 1979, the Texas Court of Appeals ordered a new trial. He received a life sentence.

Sheriff Wilson had served with the Motley County Sheriff's Department for 29 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, suspicious vehicle, suspicious activity

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I remember well the day you were taken from us. I was in 8th grade. My mother wrote a poem for you that was read at the Old Settlers Rodeo that year. I think they still keep a copy at the Motley County Courthouse.
This was my first memory of losing an Officer that I knew In The Line Of Duty, I'm sad to say that it's not my last.
Just know that you've never been forgotten and have been spoke of in my family many times through the years. Thank You for your sacrifice.

Delaina Waite

March 20, 2024

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