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 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 were arrested and convicted of Sheriff Wilson's murder. One was sentenced to 40 years and the other was sentenced to life in prison.

Sheriff Wilson had been with the agency for 29 years and 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 activity, suspicious vehicle

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I was 7 years old when you passed. I remember riding my horse up to your house and our conversations about catching bad guys. I always looked up to you. The day you were killed I wasn't allowed to go down your street mom and granddad didn't want me to know what happened. When they told me I was heart broken. I asked if I could go and get the bad guys that shot you. It took me a long time to get over it.

Mike Parks

July 27, 2019

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