January 29, 1997
Detective Willie Neal, Jr., age 29, was killed on January 29, 1997 at approximately 4:15 PM, while working with his partner on an undercover investigation in the 5900 block of Natural Bridge. Detective Neal was confronted by a subject who tried to rob him. Shots were exchanged and Detective Neal was mortally wounded.
Detective Neal became the seventh St. Louis County police officer to give his life in the line of duty.
The subject escaped the scene, but was later arrested and was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree.
Detective Neal was born on March 21, 1967. He was a seven year veteran of the Department. During his career, he served in the Divisions of Patrol and Criminal Investigation. He received numerous awards, commendations and letters of appreciation from the citizens he served.