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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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Sorry I am late to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. December has been quite busy. The most important was, Jared graduating from Penn State. We are so proud of him and I know you must be too. It is such a shame that you couldn't be here to help celebrate. That is what is so heart breaking, that you have to miss out on all the accomplishments that you boys have and will accomplish.

Please take care of all your brothers and sisters that we have lost this past year and be with their families and friends as they go through such a terrible time in their lives.

Do the criminals or others think it is open season on law enforcement personnel??? I only hope and pray that in the very near future there will be stricter laws and punishment when ambushing and just shooting law enforcement personnel. They just have no respect for the law.

Love and miss you.

Barb Schappell
Mother-in-law
January 2, 2017

 

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