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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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Hi #2 son

Well here we are again on familiar grounds. One, another year to honor you, doing one of the things you use to love to do. Softball (tournament) thank you for making your presence, which we love (only wish you would have been playing instead of flying by. (Thank you John, job well done, will miss you). The other, seeing your youngest off to a new chapter in his life. So wish you were here to see all the firsts in the boys (men) lives (which was taken from you way too soon by some scumbag. Please be with Josh like you were with Jared and guide him in making the right decisions. I know it is not easy. I will pray that he will get through the next 4 yrs like a breeze.

Love & miss you

Barb
mother-in-law
August 17, 2017

 

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