Police Officer David Wilber, Jr.

Police Officer David Wilber, Jr.

Chelsea Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, July 8, 1871

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David Wilber, Jr.

Officer Wilber was shot and killed while on patrol.

Officer Wilber and his partner were on foot patrol when a man approached and shot Officer Wilber, killing him. Officer Wilber's partner returned fire, but the suspect escaped. He was later apprehended and it was discovered that he killed Officer Wilber because he was upset about being arrested for assault two years earlier.

The suspect was tried and acquitted.

Officer Wilber was survived by his wife. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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While your assailant(s) may have never faced justice here on earth, they surely faced a higher justice at a later time in a different place. Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase you sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 8, 2020

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