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Police Officer Douglas Edward Wendel | Richmond Police Department, Virginia Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Douglas Edward Wendel

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 777

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Doug Wendel was shot and killed after responding to a call involving a suspected drug dealer on East 33rd Street, near Midlothian Turnpike, in the city's southside at 5:23 pm.

Officer Wendel approached one of the suspects and asked him for identification. The subject began fighting with Officer Wendel and fired four shots in quick succession, shooting him in the neck, back of the head, and shoulder.

Officers responded to the scene when they received a 911 call of an officer shot at 5:27 pm. Officer Wendel was transported to MCV Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect was captured several days later and charged with capital murder. The suspect was convicted of first-degree and capital murder on December 10th, 2003, and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Officer Wendel had served with the Richmond Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife, two young sons, a young daughter, brother, and his parents.

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Officer Wendell,

Today I attended the Richmond Police Department Memorial Service for Officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our city and our community. My grand father J. Harvey Burke gave his life in service in 1925 and I was there today to honor and remember his service While at today's service I had the pleasure of meeting your wife and daughter. They are both beautiful ladies and I could tell they miss and honor you tremendously.

Thank you for your service and may God always watch over you and your family. R.I.P.

H. Penn Burke
Grandson of Sgt. J. Harvey Burke
May 12, 2015


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