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Deputy Sheriff Henry Wendelstorf | Queens County Sheriff's Department, New York Queens County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff

Henry Wendelstorf

Queens County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, June 25, 1897

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 6/24/1897

Weapon: Blunt object; Bat

Offender: Sentenced to 18 years

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Deputy Wendelstorf died of wounds he received the previous day when he was beaten with a baseball bat while attempting to make an arrest.

Deputy Wendelstorf responded to a farm after it was reported to him that two brother slashed a farmer with a razor after he caught them stealing cherries. When Deputy Wendelstorf attempted to arrest the brothers, one of them struck him in the head several times with a bat, fracturing his skull.

Deputy Wendelstorf was taken to Flushing Hospital where he died the next day from his injuries.

The two brothers were arrested. One was sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The other brother was not charged in the death of Deputy Wendelstorf, but was charged with assaulting the farmer. He was sentenced to one year.

Deputy Wendelstorf was survived by his wife and four children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 115th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 14, 2012


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