Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, April 10, 1990

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Gary Dale Wilson

Sergeant Gary Wilson was shot and killed when he responded to an armed assault call.

He and six other officers went to a local hotel to arrest the suspect. Whey they knocked on the door and announced themselves the suspect immediately opened fire with a .30 caliber military rifle. Officer Wilson was struck twice by rounds which were shot through the hotel wall. another officer was also wounded during the shootout. The other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody.

The subject who shot Sergeant Wilson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died of natural causes while in prison on December 9, 2011.

Sergeant Wilson had served with the Duluth Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and parents.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 244

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, April 9, 1990
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Dear sir,
Do I remember you or now after Dennin held you while you lay dying ,just include a life reflection of all those officers teaching us youngsters about drugs. I believe your son or other Wilson’s related to you have taken the watch from here on out! Thanks for your bravery to run into danger and sacrifice yourself for all of us to be safer- I believe that whether I knew you or not you will never be forgotten! Thanks family true and blue-I have lost six directly and a seventh I never met to deaths; officers serving and helping others always- line of duty are often mentioned but heros like Bauer’s was to be there with Gary and the team- he retired first then was killed accidently- all police lives matter- I am so glad that they fixed the sign over the field to remember officer Wilson - and I was in college when he was killed so I will never forget how much he was loved!

Linda Mundell
Citizen Duluth pd supporter

August 2, 2018

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