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New Hero Search Ralph Dwayne Wilder - Jan. 10, 1972 (20275)

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E. Baton Rouge Parrish Sheriff's Office - LA Patch
Resided: LA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jan. 10, 1972
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 27 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office - LA
222 Saint Louis St.  
Baton Rouge, LA   70802   USA
(225)389-5000
County: E. Baton Rouge Parish
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 4 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: LA   USA   Mon. Jan. 10, 1972
Summary: Deputy Wilder and Deputy Ralph G. Hancock were shot and killed during a civil rights demonstration that turned into a riot in downtown Baton Rouge. Police converged on the demonstration when three newsmen were attacked. A single shot was fired from an unknown person followed by a fierce gun battle between demonstrators and police. Two minutes later when it was all over both Deputy Wilder and Deputy Hancock lay dead in the street. Two demonstrators were killed and 34 others were injured. Several suspects were arrested.

Eventually 13 suspects were charged in connection with Deputy Wilder's and Deputy Hancock's murder. On May 8, 1973, nine suspects were convicted of inciting to riot and participating in a riot in which death occurred. They were each sentenced to 21 years in prison. On March 31, 1975, the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned their convictions stating that they could not and did not receive a fair trial in Baton Rouge.

After the trial of the 13 suspects was over, the key witness in the trial received several death threats. On June 13, 1974, he was found shot to death outside his office in Baton Rouge.

Deputy Wilder had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for 4 years.

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Related: Ralph G. Hancock
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