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Patrolman Henry W. Wentz | Elkhart Police Department, Indiana Elkhart Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman

Henry W. Wentz

Elkhart Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, December 13, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Henry Wentz was shot and killed while backing up county officers who were responding to a report of a murder.

The initial call was that a man had just killed a woman at a roadhouse and was going crazy. Patrolman Wentz was one of the first officers to arrive. Upon seeing the man leave the house Patrolman Wentz gave chase but was shot. He gave his gun to a county prosecutor who was riding with him and told him to catch the suspect. Other officers returned and found Patrolman Wentz dead. The wound penetrated his femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene.

Patrolman Wentz had served with the Elkhart Police Department for 10 years.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Wentz. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 4, 2013

 

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