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October 07, 2015

Fallen officer to be honored with police hero plaque sponsored by GameStop

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0305015_Officer_Robert_Wilson_III Source/Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia police Officer Robert Wilson III was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in North Philadelphia.

Fallen Sgt. Robert Wilson III will be honored by Philadelphia police Wednesday morning with the unveiling of a police hero plaque.

The ceremony will take place at the 22nd Police District along North 17th Street. GameStop stores sponsored Wilson's hero plaque.

Wilson, 30, was killed while responding to a robbery at a GameStop in North Philly, police said. 

The eight-year veteran assigned to the 22nd District was in a GameStop store at 22nd Street and Lehigh Avenue on March 5 to buy his 9-year-old son a birthday present when brothers Ramone Wilson, 24, and Carlton Hipps, 29, entered with semi-automatic guns and announced a robbery, police said.

Authorities said a shooting broke out when the two suspects, who are in custody, saw Wilson. The officer continued to defend the store's patrons, firing back even after being hit multiple times with gunfire, police said. He was hit nine times, taking at least one bullet to the head, according to authorities.

Wilson's funeral, held at the Palestra, drew thousands of mourners.

Ceremony organizers said traffic delays can be expected in the area of North 17th Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.