Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 777
Incident Date: 7/30/2003
Weapon: Handgun; Revolver
Suspect: Sentenced to life
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.