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Police Officer Scott Alan Wertz | Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Scott Alan Wertz

Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, August 6, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 045

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Police Officer Scott Wertz was shot and killed at approximately 2:00 am after he and his partner responded to a fight at a local convenience store at the intersection of 8th and Walnut Streets.

Officer Wertz and his partner were working a plainclothes regional auto theft detail when the call was broadcast and they responded to the scene. When they arrived at the location, they heard several shots in the parking lot and saw a man leaving the lot.

As the officers approached the man he began to flee on foot. When Officer Wertz caught the man, he suddenly fired two shots, fatally striking Officer Wertz in the chest. Officer Wertz's partner immediately tackled the suspect and took him into custody.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Wertz had served with the Reading Police Department for 11 years. He had previously worked as a prison guard and as a part time officer for the Sinking Spring and South Heidelberg Township Police Departments. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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It's been years since I've written you something and for that I'm sorry. I come here often to visit, just don't know what to say that hasn't already been said 100 times. 10 years have come and gone! 10 years! You have missed so much in person here on this earth. I know you are always with us but it doesn't make it easier. I see you in our boys everyday and for that I am thankful!! Well I did it, I went back to our place for the first time since you were killed. It was hard as hell, but I tried to focus on making new memories while reminiscing with your friends and my family about the old ones. We had many good laughs!! Continue to watch over all of us!! Love and miss you terribly!! Love forever!!

Tricia Wertz
Loving Widow
February 28, 2017

 

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