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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Officer Wilber,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chelsea.


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July 8, 2021

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