Police Officer Richard P. Wentlandt

Police Officer Richard P. Wentlandt

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1997

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Richard P. Wentlandt

Police Officer Richard Wentlandt died on the evening of March 15th, 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, encountered a rape in progress in a remote area near NW 156th Street and 42nd Avenue. 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 bedridden.

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

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


  • Age 48
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2607

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Friday, May 29, 1981
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Shot by Officer Wentlandt

sex offense, suspicious vehicle

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Officer Wentlandt,
25 years later you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Metro-Dade County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 16, 2022

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