Detective Robert Shane Wilson
Doraville Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Monday, November 14, 2011
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 1143
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: November 14, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Injured
Agency Contact Information
Chief John King
Doraville Police Department
3750 Park Avenue
Doraville, GA 30340
Phone: () –
Detective Shane Wilson was killed when his vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver on I-20 in DeKalb County.
He was off duty, but on call as part of his department’s SWAT team, when he was contacted by dispatchers and directed to respond to a home invasion call in Doraville. The collision occurred as he drove to the crime scene. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
Detective Wilson had served with the Doraville Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, 8-year-old-son, and parents.
A 39-year-old Dunwoody man was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in a wrong-way crash that killed a police detective on I-20 in DeKalb County, authorities said.
Gene Jones also was charged with reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road in the accident early Monday that killed Doraville police Detective Robert Wilson, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.
Jones remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka S. Parish said.
Doraville police spokesman Gene Callaway told the AJC that Wilson was the overnight on-call detective and was responding to a home invasion in progress call at the time of the wreck.
Wilson, 27, was westbound on I-20 near Wesley Chapel Road when his Ford Edge was hit head-on by a Jeep Laredo being driven eastbound in the westbound lanes by Jones, police said.
Wilson died at the scene, and Jones was taken in stable condition to a local hospital, police said.
Callaway said Wilson started with the department as a dispatcher in 2003 and became a sworn officer in 2007. He was promoted to detective corporal in September, Callaway said.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Katy, and son, Liam. Other survivors include Wilson’s mother, retired DeKalb police Officer Gail Hanson, and father, J.D. Wilson.
Visitation for Wilson will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Scott Ward Funeral Home, Conyers. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church of Conyers.