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Frank H. Wilke

End of Tour: Saturday, March 24, 1928Fallen Hero
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Not available
Age: Not available
Incident Date: Saturday, March 24, 1928
Incident Location: 8th Street and Oldham Street
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Not available or applicable
Weapon Involved: Handgun
Case Status: Closed


Patrolman Wilke was shot and killed after he and his partner spotted a stolen vehicle. Patrolman Wilke and his partner approached the vehicle at the corner of 8th Street and Oldham Street. As the officers were questioning the occupants of the vehicle, a 25 year old suspect pulled a pistol that was concealed in the back of the seat. He fired once striking Patrolman Wilke in the neck, killing him.

Patrolman Wilke's partner fired on the suspect, killing him before he could fire another shot.

Louisville Division of Police