Officer Wilbur E. McGee

Officer Wilbur E. McGee
Las Vegas Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, November 11, 1955

Biographical Information:
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 4 months
Badge Number: Unknown

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, November 11, 1955
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Paroled in 1975


Officer McGee was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for burglary of cash, a pellet gun, and a .22 caliber handgun. The officers had discovered what hotel the suspect was staying in and instructed the maid to call them when he returned. When the suspect returned the police were called and responded to the scene. The suspect initially cooperated and surrendered the pellet gun. As Officer McGee handcuffed him the suspect suddenly pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot him several times. He then stole Officer McGee's service weapon and fled, only to be apprehended later.

The suspect was convicted of Officer McGee's murder and sentenced to prison. He was paroled May 8, 1975.

Officer McGee had been with the agency for 17 months and was survived by his wife.