Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 months
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to 10 to 20 years
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.