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Patrolman George J. Woerhle | Stockton Police Department, California Stockton Police Department, California

Patrolman

George J. Woerhle

Stockton Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, April 22, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1962

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Patrolman George Woerhle was shot and killed after being abducted by a suspect wanted for statutory rape. Patrolman Woerhle had allowed the suspect to put a shirt on and as the suspect came out of his room he concealed a .22 caliber handgun in the shirt. He then pointed the gun at Patrolman Woerhle and ordered him to drop his gun.

Fearing that other family members may get hurt, Patrolmen Woerhle complied. The suspect took him as a hostage and fled in his patrol car. Patrolman Woerhle attempted to regain control of the situation but was struck in the head by the suspect and then pushed out of the patrol car. The man then shot him three times and fled.

The suspect was arrested later in the afternoon. He was convicted of Patrolman Woerhle's murder and subsequently executed on January 17, 1962.

Patrolman Woerhle had been with the agency for 18 years.

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My mother was an eyewitness to this horrible crime. She testified and helped send the suspect to the gas chamber. May officer Woerhle rest in peace and I thank him for his service.

Carolyn Carolla
November 13, 2013

 

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