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Atlantic City Officer Killed in Tragic Accident
Press Release Issued by ACPD
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Saturday, February 20, 2010  11:15 p.m.

Update: Related: Funeral Arrangements Announced


Police Chief John J. Mooney III confirmed this morning the line of duty death of Atlantic City Police Officer Kevin Wilkins, 31 years of age and a 2 ½ year veteran of the Atlantic City Police Department.

“Our agency has suffered a tragic loss,” Chief Mooney stated, “Officer Wilkins had dedicated himself in a career of service to the people of Atlantic City.”

A preliminary report of the investigation reveals that on this date, Officer Wilkins was on patrol in uniform and operating a marked patrol vehicle. He was in the area of Stanley Holmes Village at Kentucky and Baltic Avenues along with other patrol units. At approximately 1:27 AM, while parked on the roadway and seated inside his patrol unit, Officer Wilkins suffered a single gunshot wound to the face as a result of the accidental discharge of his semi-automatic service pistol. Other officers on scene summoned immediate medical assistance for Officer Wilkins; however, the officer was pronounced dead at the scene via telemetry at 1:46 AM.

Based upon a compilation of witness statements and forensic examination of the evidence, it has been established that Officer Wilkins removed his service pistol from his duty holster and was attempting to install a rubber sleeve on the pistol grip. The officer had removed the loaded magazine from the pistol but apparently failed to clear the pistol chamber of a live round of ammunition, which unintentionally discharged as the officer manipulated the pistol to install the rubber sleeve.

According to established protocol, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Squad was requested to respond along with the Atlantic County Medical Examiner. The official cause and manner of death is pending autopsy results and a review of the case file by County Prosecutor Ted Housel.

Officer Wilkins was a 1996 graduate of Atlantic City High School and attended Tallahassee Community College, Seton Hall University and the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission Training Academy prior to his service with Atlantic City. He was a January 20, 2008 graduate of the Cape May County Police Academy 25th Basic Course for Police Officers and assigned to foot patrol prior to his present assignment on general patrol duties on Charlie Platoon ( midnight to 8AM shift.)

Officer Wilkins is survived by his father, three siblings and his fiancé. Funeral arrangements with Departmental Honors are pending and will be released when available.

Authority: Police Chief John J. Mooney III



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