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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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Here it is, 10 years later and seems like yesterday. Thank goodness we have all those wonderful memories that really keep us going Don't know what we would do if we didn't have them.

Thank you for the great weather, even tho it was hot as h---, and just a little rain.

John did a good job again this year organizing. Lisa took care of the food and did a good job and a lot of team work. Lou thanks for all the running. Jared's team did really great this year, Hopefully next year will be his year.

Slinger was really happy that you were there visiting with him and giving him pointers(haha).

Tricia did a really fantastic job in organizing a vigil for your 10th anniversary(only wish it was for a happier occasion). The Chinese lanterns that were set off for you were so beautiful. Jared had a little trouble with his and we told him you were trying to tell him something(just kidding).

A lot of you friends, co-workers, family were there to honor our hero and you truly were our hero and I want to thank all of them.

One more favor to ask, we need nice weather for next Sunday. No rain. Thank you

Miss and love ya

Tricia did a really good job

August 7, 2016


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