Police Officer Willie Neal, Jr.

Police Officer Willie Neal, Jr.

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, January 29, 1997

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Willie Neal, Jr.

Police Officer Willie Neal was shot and killed while performing an undercover drug buy at approximately 4:00 pm.

Officer Neal and his partner had agreed to meet the suspect in a liquor store parking lot in the 5900 block of Natural Bridge Avenue at 4:00 pm. During the exchange, the man produced a gun and pointed it at Officer Neal. Officer Nea's partner shot at the suspect but inadvertently struck Officer Neal.

The offender involved with the drug buy was later arrested and charged with felony murder. He plead guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Officer Neal had served with the St. Louis County Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

narcotics, undercover

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Officer Neal,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 29, 2022

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