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New Hero Search Wilbert J. Downey - Dec. 12, 1969 (19799)

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University City Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: MO, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Dec. 12, 1969
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 34 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: University City Police Dept.
MO   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Badge: 39
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: MO   USA   Fri. Dec. 12, 1969
Summary: Officer Wilbert Downey was shot and killed at the scene of a gas station robbery.

Officer Downey interrupted five men attempting a gas-station robbery. When Officer Downey entered the gas-station he tried to subdue the suspect armed with a 22 caliber weapon. The suspect shot Officer Downey once before gaining control of Officer Downey's service weapon, and then killed Officer Downey.

The shooting suspect was apprehended the next day in St. Louis and charged with murder. He was sentenced to the death penalty, however the sentence was appealed and overturned. The other four suspects were apprehended and sentenced to time in prison.

Officer Downey was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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