Alexander Wilson, Killed by DPS, Used No Weapon in Past Armed Robbery

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A look at court and police records shows a fuller portrait of Alexander Wilson, a kid shot by a DPS officer more than a week ago at a west Phoenix Chevron gas station. 

A press release sent to Valley media says Wilson was wanted on a warrant for armed robbery, but Wilson used no actual weapon to commit the crime, and the warrant was issued because he missed a probation hearing, according to records.

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-Family Questions Why DPS Officer Had to Shoot and Kill 16-Year-Old Alexander Wilson
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Wilson, barely 16, had problems with substance abuse, had been prescribed various medication to help deal with mental problems, and had a difficult upbringing, because "his father spent a substantial period in prison," and "the male influences outside his home in his neighborhood were not positive role models," according to a report. 

In the eyes of the law, whether Wilson had a real weapon or pretended to have one didn't matter. But the judge factored all of this in, and sentenced Wilson to time served and probation.

That original robbery happened on an August night in the summer of 2012, when Wilson approached three men playing music at a park. Wilson hid his hand in his waste-band. Implying he was armed, he said, "Someone's gonna get shot. Where's the keys? Give me your wallets and phones." The men handed everything over, and Wilson drove away in a 2012 Chevy Malibu owned by one of the suspects. 

Police caught up with Wilson in a motel parking lot after he was seen driving the Malibu, and officers found the stolen phones and wallets in the car.

But the DPS officer who shot Wilson didn't know any of this at the time. The man with eight years of law enforcement experience didn't know if Wilson and his passenger, Will Brown, 18, were armed or not. All he could have known that Sunday more than a week ago, is that the car had been reported stolen. 

Around 9:30 p.m. a DPS officer near 27th Avenue and Camelback Road ran the license of a Chevrolet Tahoe and the plates came back stolen. The officer, whose name is being withheld, followed Wilson and his passenger. Normally DPS patrols highways, but the officer tailed the two for eight blocks until Wilson steered the SUV into a Chevron gas station and parked. 


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jimhunter521
jimhunter521

Just by the information in the article, this was not a race related shooting. The officer was unable to tell what the race of the vehicles occupants were at the time of the shooting. The witness clearly states that the windows were deeply tinted and it was also nightime. The surviving occupant stated that he could see the light of the police officer. From outside of the vehicle all the officer could have seen would be any sudden movement as a shadow of either occupant. Since the person shot was 16 he did not own the vehicle so was not identified in a vehicle report by a race. All the officer knew was the vehicle was stolen.

jaret.clark
jaret.clark

I think there are alot of hateful comments in here stemming from prejudice and no one knowing the full facts. Its also reported that a witness saw and corroborated with the passenger. So how does that make you feel then, that this cop just basically went and shot at a kid cuz he revved his engine. Sad thing is, if the roles where racially reversed, you'd see more comments like the cop was wrong! 

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

apples and oranges. Anyone who robs anyone,whether armed or not is a fellon.  The problem here are family member who all of a sudden are vocal in his life. Theses "realatives" should be ashamed of themselves. Wheree were they when this crook was growing up.  Need i say more.....

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Most criminals convicted of armed robbery didn't actually use weapons.  They're still guilty of armed robbery in the eyes of society (not just in "the eyes of the law") because they made people believe that they might be about to die in order to force them to give them their belongings.

Armed robbers are very unlikely to ever be anything other than criminals and are likely to progress to using real weapons and to eventually kill somebody.  Want to cut down on gun crimes?  Shoot an armed robber. It's much more effective than banning weapons that are almost never used in crimes.


oldsalty
oldsalty

wow, i didn't know that such hatred infected the comments section.  shooting and killing an unarmed kid just because he's driving a stolen vehicle is justified?!  really.  these hateful comments show who the real vermin are. 

rahn.brent
rahn.brent

Don't you mean Brown fled the scene seeing as how Wilson was dead?

FinalOpinion
FinalOpinion

In this case, you do the crime, you do the time......permanently.  Adios MF

don.dodondo
don.dodondo

Fuck these trash people and fuck their trash kids.  Good shooting DPS, one less criminal scumbag wasting taxpayer money in prison.

marcy
marcy

No surprises here, criminal parent, criminal kids.  

The families of these kids deserve the blame for their lousy job raising them. 

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Just a thought- if you want cooperation and answers, Id suggest a different shirt.

Scott Miranda
Scott Miranda

he tried to ram a police officer with a stolen car and wonders why he got shot. smart kid. lets feel sorry for him some more New Times

vaksak
vaksak

Stupid punk cops like this are the ones I love to hear about in the news getting clipped in the line of duty!

www.AnonGotz.tk

jcc2868
jcc2868

Wtf are you talking about??? This boy should not have been killed.......he did not do anything that warranted his killing!!

marcy
marcy

@j.peterson31 

They were teaching him that it was OK to be a criminal.  Like father, like son.


justice
justice

I'm with you on shooting an armed robber. To bad that didn't happen when he robbed the people in the park. Just another piece of crap that won't be living off of crime and tax payers anymore!

marcy
marcy

@oldsalty He wasn't shot and killed "just because he's driving a stolen vehicle".

The real vermin really are that punk kid and people like him.  Worthless rats who spend their entire lives feeding off society.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@oldsalty  Where have you been living that you're surprised to find that people hate armed robbers?   You forfeit your right to hide behind the label "unarmed kid" when you're wanted for armed robbery.




sliperymike
sliperymike

@rahn.brent the author also said he stole "one of the suspects cars" in the armed robbery.

I know you have to be a stoner like me,to make these "stoner"mistakes.

that's how I find them!

still a fine job Weston! 

ms.biancawilliams
ms.biancawilliams

@marcy How can you even make a comment like that when you don't know this kid, his parents, or his upbringing... What you fail to realize is, you're ignorant comments, such as this one, shows YOUR upbringing. Who's the crappy person/people to blame for doing such a lousy job raising you? 

stillapanther2
stillapanther2

@valleynative @oldsalty The police had not the knowledge of this kid's record,  Here in America the killing of Blacks during these bogus chases prior to trial has been the norm.  I am 62 and have been in cities to have had over 50 killings of unarmed Blacks by non-Black police (my life-time). Check the archives and see if a Black police EVER killed an unarmed white child.  This case will be forgotten soon.  Nothing to be done by the same society that shield all our ills.

marcy
marcy

@ms.biancawilliams @marcy 

His daddy is in prison so I think I'm quite justified in the comments I made.

The dead punk kid has a criminal record at 16 and even after being arrested for armed robbery decides to continue his life of crime.  Nothing ignorant about my comments, you just don't like to face reality.  

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ms.biancawilliams @marcy  It seems to be perfectly reasonable to blame the parents of a 16 year old armed robber.  Either they raised him badly (which is supported by they way they acted at the police station) or they failed to properly supervise a mentally unstable child, or they failed to have him institutionalized if he was too much for them to handle.  Apparently they knew that he was wanted for armed robbery.  What does that tell you?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@stillapanther2 @valleynative @oldsalty  The officer didn't know his record, but his record is the reason we don't mourn his death.

Your racism seems to blind you to the fact that (due to socioeconomics, not race) statistically, black minors are several times more likely to be involved in violent crimes than white minors, so it's very natural that more will be shot by police.


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