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Sergeant William Brock Wilde
Northwest Mounted Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 10, 1896

Biographical Info
Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: 857

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, November 10, 1896
Incident Location: Northwest Territories
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available

Sergeant William Brock Wilde was shot by a native Indian named Charcoal, in Dry Forks, NWT.

It is said that Charcoal was on a wild spree that left death and injury everywhere he went. It started with the murder of a fellow tribesman that had been having an affair with his wife. At that time October 1896, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

A posse was gathered but Charcoal was able to allude them for a time. When the posse finally caught up with him Sergeant Wilde confronted him. Charcoal fired on him wounding him. He then stood over him and shot him dead. Charcoal eluded capture once again. He was eventually detained by his own family. He was tied up and turned over to the authorities.

He was tried convicted and hanged for his crimes.

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