Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Special Agent John Wilson and Special Agent Walter Gilbert were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during an undercover operation in Fort Wayne.
The agents had arranged to meet the man at Stellhorn Bridge for the delivery of liquor.
When the man arrived he suspected he was being setup and opened fire, striking Agent Wilson four times, killing him instantly. Agent Gilbert was struck once in the back and died from the wounds he suffered at Lutheran Hospital later that evening.
The 35-year-old suspect, who was also shot and wounded, was apprehended the following day. He was charged with first-degree murder in a death penalty case but was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a jury and sentenced to 2 to 21 years in prison.
Special Agent Wilson, from Indianapolis, had recently been appointed the agent in charge of the Indianapolis Office. He was survived by his wife, mother and three brothers.
United States Navy ▪ 1917–1919
• This incident was one of 24 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.