Immediately after the shooting, Wilson maintained that he wanted to return to his job as a police officer, his lawyers said.

But his officer days may be behind him.

“Realistically, he can’t go back to being a police officer,” Bruntrager said. “He knows that. There’s no illusion about any of this. But it’s the way in which he leaves … that’s important to him on different levels.”

Another attorney told The Post that Wilson’s safety had a lot to do with his decision to leave.

“I think I expressed to him, ‘Do you realize your first call (back on the job) will be to a blind alley where you’re executed?’ He took a pause for a minute, thought about it and said, ‘Oh.’ That is the reality,” his attorney, James Towey, told the paper.