Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Deputy Kenneth Wimberly was shot and killed after responding to a call of an emotionally disturbed person at the apartment complex he lived at.

He was off duty and approached by other residents of the complex who reported that the man, also a resident of the complex, was preaching loudly to an open field, and claiming to be God. Deputy Wimberly was able to calm the suspect down somewhat and get him to return to his apartment. The suspect then exited the apartment and a scuffle ensued.

During the struggle, the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Wimberly's weapon and shot and killed him. The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding units and was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Deputy Wimberly is the first Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy to be killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Wimberly had just moved into the apartment complex that day. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge SO165

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Arrested at the scene

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Time has not healed our hearts. Another year this very day still painful beyond understanding. Holding on to the memories wishing this was only a bad dream that we could wake up from with different results. We miss and love you, FOREVER your family Evette, Kenisha Kenneth II, Arianna and Karter. - husband, father and granddaddy Rest in Peace

Evette Wimberly
wife, children & grandchildren

September 22, 2017

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