September 07, 2011
Agencies: Birmingham Police Department Alabama
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 4 years ago
The 41-year-old detective apparently shot his 23-year-old wife and then got on his police radio and warned he was about to take his own life.
He told dispatchers he had killed his wife, but that the children were OK. He asked for paramedics and a supervisor to come to the scene, and then said, "I won't be here when you get here," authorities said.
Wilson, a nearly 11-year veteran of the Birmingham force who served in the burglary unit, used his service weapon in shooting, authorities said.
"It's really a tragic situation for all parties involved," said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. "It's extremely tough for the families, friends and co-workers who have to cope with the aftermath as everyone tries to figure out why this happened."
"Sometimes people think the stressors of life are too much to overcome," he said, "but help is available."
The murder-suicide happened just after 3 a.m. at the couple's apartment in the Enclave at Mountain Brook on Sharpsburg Circle. Both Birmingham and Irondale police officers flocked to the scene after Rodney Wilson's on-air confession.