John Wesley Wilson
Lafayette Police Department
Sunday, June 18, 1933

Age: 42
Served: 1 year
Badge #: 28
Panel 29W, Line 4
Panel L4, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, June 16, 1933
04:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
3rd and Main streets, Lafayette
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
Fairview Cemetery, New Albany

   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 29-year-old suspect and wounding the other.

   Officer Wilson died from his wounds two days later at Saint Elizabeth Hospital.

   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 and sentenced to life in prison in a change of venue to Carroll County.

   Officer Wilson was single and survived by his mother.


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