Police Officer Wilbert J. Downey

Police Officer Wilbert J. Downey

University City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, December 12, 1969

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Wilbert J. Downey

Officer Wilbert Downey was shot and killed at the scene of a gas station robbery.

Officer Downey interrupted five men attempting a gas-station robbery. When Officer Downey entered the gas-station he tried to subdue the suspect armed with a 22 caliber weapon. The suspect shot Officer Downey once before gaining control of Officer Downey's service weapon, and then killed Officer Downey.

The shooting suspect was apprehended the next day in St. Louis and charged with murder. He was sentenced to the death penalty, however the sentence was appealed and overturned. The other four suspects were apprehended and sentenced to time in prison.

Officer Downey was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 39

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 12, 2019

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