Captain Dan Wilson
In October 2014, Capt. Wilson was a Watch Commander, on patrol in the Community Policing Bureau. He responded to a 911 call for service that displayed the Valor of Capt. Wilson.
The unfolding domestic violence resulted in two victims being shot to death, and a suspect that led police on a dangerous chase through Ocala. A female called 911 stating that her ex-boyfriend was outside her apartment. He forcibly entered, shot to death the woman and her mother, then left the scene on a motorcycle. Wilson was one of many responding units to the tragedy, and was the leading vehicle in pursuit when the killer’s motorcycle crashed in heavy traffic. The suspect pointed his handgun at himself and then directly at Wilson, but was unable to fire due to the weapon’s malfunction. Wilson shot the suspect, who subsequently died from his wounds. Wilson’s courage prevented further injury in the face of grave danger.
Capt. Wilson has had a distinguished 30-year career with the Ocala Police Department, including work in the patrol bureau, special operations as a bike officer, and the investigative services bureau as a long time major crimes detective. He has worked as a supervisor, and as a long time operator and commander of the SWAT Team. Captain Wilson represents the core values of the Ocala Police Department: Integrity, Courage and Character.