Policeman Melvin E. "Mel" Wilson

Policeman Melvin E. "Mel" Wilson

Wise County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, July 25, 1920

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Melvin E. "Mel" Wilson

Policeman Mel Wilson was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest two men who had fired a gun and were drinking in Esserville at approximately 8:00 pm.

As he attempted to take the two men into custody one of them opened fire, killing him. One of the men was apprehended at the scene but the other one was able to escape.

Policeman Wilson was a U.S. Army veteran of the Philippine–American War. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 25, 2020

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