Chief of Police David Neal Wilson

Chief of Police David Neal Wilson

Payson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, September 11, 1992

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David Neal Wilson

Chief of Police David Wilson was shot and killed when he went to answer a call about a troubled man he had helped earlier in the day.

The suspect killed himself immediately after killing the chief.

Chief Wilson had served with the Payson Police Department for 14 years and had been in law enforcement for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed Suicide


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I didn’t have the opportunity to know this man well. From what I hear you were amazing, a true hero. The loss of him had the biggest impact on my life, the domino effect that is tragedy. I remember him holding me in his living room, him playing with us, watching the news with him. Little else I remember. I will never forget however what an impact he had on so many. Reading these reflections has made me realize this. Thank you all for keeping my grandpa’s memory alive, for sharing the memories y’all have of him.

Heather Wilson

October 27, 2023

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