Fallen Hero from Omaha, Nebraska
Officer James B. Wilson Jr.
Omaha Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, August 20, 1995
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 3 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, August 20, 1995
Weapon Used: Rifle; AK-47
Suspect Info: Found guilty
Officer Wilson was shot and killed after he pulled over a van for having fictitious plates. He had radioed in his location just before two of eight gang members exited the side of the van and opened fire on him with an AK-47 and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. Officer Wilson was killed while still sitting in his cruiser with his seat belt on and microphone in his hand. The suspects ranged from 14 to 20-years-old. One suspect was found guilty on March 22, 1996, of First Degree Murder. The suspect was a member of the Bloods street gang and had stated to his gang members that he was not going back to jail before opening fire on Officer Wilson.
Officer Wilson had been with the agency for 16 months and was survived by his fiancée and parents.