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Patrolman Rodney K. Wentling | Greenville / West Salem Police Department, Pennsylvania Greenville / West Salem Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

Rodney K. Wentling

Greenville / West Salem Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, March 21, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 10 to 20 years

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Patrolman Rodney Wentling was shot and killed while approaching a stolen vehicle occupied by three juveniles at a used car lot on South Mercer Street.

The boys were captured five hours later by state troopers in Corry, Pennsylvania, after a chase which ended when their stolen vehicle crashed.

The 15 year-old suspect who fired the fatal shot was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 to 20 years on April 24, 1967.

Patrolman Wentling was single and had served with the Greenville / West Salem Police Department for six months, as well as serving with the St. Cloud Police Department in Florida for three months prior.

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A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
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March 21, 2015

 

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