Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

Sergeant Gary Dale Wilson

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, April 10, 1990

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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When I heard about the shooting, I ran down the hill to Duluth Police Department to ask if they needed blood at the hospital, or if I could assist them in some other way.

The desk officer assured me that officers were lined up to donate blood, and thanked me. Later that evening, I went on duty at the St. Louis County Jail and followed the horrific sequence of events. I cannot recall if I booked Larry Montanaro, his killer, or not, before our shift ended at 0700 Hrs.

I, too, was in the ranks of officers at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, at Gary's funeral.

Al Farmer, Deputy Sheriff - Corrections
Fellow Officer

April 9, 2018

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