MEDIA ADVISORY

Thursday, February 18, 2010                (3 pages)


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

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

Phone:       609-347-6970
Fax:         609-343-3667


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