Police Officer W. A. R. Wilson

Police Officer W. A. R. Wilson

Chester Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 9, 1891

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W. A. R. Wilson

Police Officer W.A.R. Wilson was shot and killed by a subject who was seeking revenge over an arrest he had made the previous day.

He had arrested a woman for trespassing at the local railroad station. A local saloon keeper took offense to the arrest and confronted Officer Wilson on the city's main business street. As they spoke the man suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Officer Wilson in the chest. The two struggled for several minutes before several bystanders interfered.

The subject was able to flee the area.

Officer Wilson was a Confederate Army veteran and had served with the Chester Police Department for only six months.t


  • Age 43
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, May 8, 1891
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Officer Wilson,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chester.


United States Border Patrol

May 9, 2021

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