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Police Officer Richard P. Wentlandt | Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Richard P. Wentlandt

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, March 15, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 5/29/1981

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot by Officer Wentlandt

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Police Officer Richard Wentlandt died on the evening of March 15, 1997, from a Hepatitis C infection that he contracted during blood transfusions after being shot in the line of duty on May 29, 1981.

While on patrol Officer Wentlandt spotted a car parked in a remote area. As he exited his patrol car to approach the vehicle the occupant fired on him, striking him six times. He was able to return fire, wounding the suspect. The subject was in the process of raping a woman whom he had just abducted. Officer Wentlandt is credited with saving her life.

Before his death, Officer Wentlandt's health deteriorated to the point where he was completely bed ridden.

In February 2012 Officer Wentlandt's killer was denied parole.

Officer Wentlandt had served with the Metro-Dade Police Department for 10 years.

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OK, I have the photograph now. It is a great picture of Richard. It was taken by the press when he was awarded "Officer of the Quarter" by the North Dade Chamber of Commerce on July 30th, 1981.
It's a little 5x7 black & white and I know his family would love to have the original press photo.
Please feel free to contact me...

Chief Geoff Jacobs
Porterdale (GA) Police Dept.
August 5, 2013

 

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