In 1925, the San Carlos Police consisted of one man: Ed Wheeler, who served as Police Chief in San Carlos for 27 years. In this news article from 1942, the journalist narrates one of the most exciting moments for Wheeler as Police Chief: “The most exciting moment in his 17 years of policing here, he says, was the August afternoon of 1936 when a fugitive bank robber stuck an automatic into his mid-section and pulled the trigger. Wheeler will show you how that type of automatic will not go off if the end of the muzzle is pressed too hard against anything. In this instance, it was pressed too hard against Wheeler himself. The chief shot it out with the robber, pining a neat bullet hole through the criminal’s hat.”

PHOTO: From “The Times and Daily News Leader” August 1, 1942

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