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Police Officer Wayne Vonk | Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Wayne Vonk

Grand Rapids Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, January 19, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 235

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Wayne Vonk was shot and killed when he stopped two armed robbery suspects at the intersection of 4th Street and Stocking Avenue.

While on patrol a store owner flagged him down and informed him that he had just been robbed. He provided Officer Vonk with a description of the suspects and direction they fled. Officer Vonk gave chase and caught up to the vehicle. The passenger exited the vehicle as it stopped and approached Officer Vonk with a pistol.

Officer Vonk drew his weapon as he struck the suspect. During the ensuing struggle Officer Vonk was shot and mortally wounded. He was able to return to his patrol car and call for help.

The suspects fled the scene but were apprehended minutes later. Both suspects were sentenced to life.

Officer Vonk had served with the Grand Rapids Police Department for one year. He is survived by his mother, sister, and brother.

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Officer Vonk,
On today, the 48th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Grand Rapids. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
January 19, 2017


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