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Patrolman John Wheeler
San Antonio Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, October 14, 2005
Tour of Duty: 12 yrs
Badge Number: 1093
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, October 14, 2005
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Patrolman John Wheeler was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car was rear-ended by another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Loop 410. Patrolman Wheeler was running radar at the time of the 2:00 am crash. Both vehicles burst into flames after the impact.
Patrolman Wheeler was able to send a distress signal from his radio after the collision but was trapped in the vehicle and unable to respond to dispatch. His location was identified through a GPS system installed in his patrol car. The driver of the vehicle that struck his patrol car was also killed.
Patrolman Wheeler's wife was the dispatcher on duty at the time of the accident.
Patrolman Wheeler had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 12 years. Two years earlier, he had been shot and wounded in the line of duty while responding to a robbery call.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
R.I.P. Patrolman John Wheeler