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Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr. | Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # SO165

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Arrested at the scene

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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.

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Ken, we knew each other for only 4 years but we built so many laughs and memories. You are one of a kind. I will never forget when our friends called me to tell me what happened- another memory etched into my brain. What I choose to remember is your laughter and infectious smile- even when crazy became crazier at work. I know your in such an amazing place and we will meet again. Until then my friend.

Captain Rosanna Dove
January 8, 2017


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