Special Agent John Irwin Wilson

Special Agent John Irwin Wilson

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, July 22, 1931

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John Irwin Wilson

Special Agent John Wilson and Special Agent Walter Gilbert were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during an undercover operation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The agents had arranged with the man to meet at a bridge at 8:00 pm for the delivery of liquor. When the suspect arrived he suspected he was being setup and opened fire, striking Agent Wilson four times and killing him instantly.

Agent Gilbert was struck once in the back and succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital. The suspect was also shot and wounded and taken into custody one hour later.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Indiana
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and wounded

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Agent Gilbert,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your deathI would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

July 22, 2021

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