Killing of John Henry Wilson in Alabama in 1949


Case summary

John Henry Wilson (1921 - 1949), a construction worker and WWII veteran, was killed by unidentified police officers in his home in Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama. Wilson allegedly fired at police officers who entered his home looking for a burglary suspect. The officers shot and killed Wilson. A coroner returned a finding of justifiable homicide.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-07-02
Location: Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: shooting at police officers who were investigating a burglary

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