Probation Officer Ernest C. Wehr

Probation Officer Ernest C. Wehr

Will County Probation Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, April 10, 1941

Ernest C. Wehr

Probation Officer Ernest Wehr was shot and killed while driving a probationer to a work site at a farm off Route 30 in Cherry Hill.

The subject had complained about his current employer so he was assigned to a new work location. As Officer Wehr turned off Route 30 onto the farm's driveway the man pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and shot him in the head without warning. The subject then drove the vehicle across the street where he hid Officer Wehr's body in shrubbery on the estate of Illinois State Senator Richard Barr.

The man fled in Officer Wehr's car but was arrested the following day. He confessed to having planned to murder Officer Wehr to steal the car.

Officer Wehr was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI veteran and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in combat in Cantigny, France. He had served with the Will County Probation Department for approximately one year and was survived by his wife. He is buried at Elmherst Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

ambush, transport

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Officer Wehr,
On today, the 76th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe fighting the Germans during WW I and being awarded the DSC for Extraordinary Heroism(the Army's highest award for bravery second only to the Medal of Honor).


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