Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer John Wilson was shot and killed as he and two other officers were questioning suspicious men in a downtown office across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.
As the two men exited the building, they opened fire on the officers wounding Officer Wilson and the other two officers. A civilian at the scene picked up one of the officer's machine guns and returned fire, killing a 33-year-old suspect and wounding the other.
Both men, and a third, 45-year-old man later apprehended near Monticello, were suspected of robbing two banks of $5,000 in Cullom, Illinois on June 3. The 29-year-old man who survived was subsequently charged with first-degree murder.
Officer Wilson died from his wounds two days later at Saint Elizabeth Hospital.
Officer Wilson was single and survived by his mother.