Philadelphia police are honoring a hero to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.
Officer Jonny Castro, the new Forensic Graphic Artist for the Philadelphia Police Department, created a digital painting of Sergeant Robert Wilson III.
“March 5 will mark the 1-year anniversary of Sergeant Robert Wilson’s murder,” Castro said. “I painted this portrait of him in remembrance of what he did for us all.”
On March 5, 2015, Wilson and his partner were conducting a security check of the GameStop store on the 2100 block of West Lehigh Avenue. While Wilson was inside picking up a gift for his son, Carlton Hipps, 29, and his 25-year-old half-brother Ramone Williams entered the store, according to investigators.
The two suspects allegedly took out handguns and announced a robbery. They then surrounded Officer Wilson and opened fire at point blank range, according to investigators. Police say Wilson, despite being struck several times, returned fire, engaging in a shootout with the suspects.
Wilson’s partner, who was outside at the time, ran into the store and fired at one of the suspects, striking his leg as he attempted to flee. The second suspect tried to escape as well but was apprehended by responding officers, police said.
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Wilson was taken to Temple University Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Wilson received numerous posthumous honors for his actions including a medal of valor and a Police Hero plaque. He was also promoted to sergeant.
“Officer Wilson's courageous action under extremely dangerous conditions is in keeping with the traditions maintained by the Philadelphia Police Department,” a police spokesperson said. “Officer Wilson made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for the lives of others. His bravery and dedication to service, as well as to the citizens of Philadelphia is an inspiration to us all and will not be forgotten."
Both Hipps and Williams could face the death penalty for Wilson’s killing.