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Detective Wayne Bradford McClelland | St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

Detective

Wayne Bradford McClelland

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, April 17, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Detective Wayne McClelland was struck and killed by a drunk driver on I-55, near Green Park Road.

He had just pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and was returning to his patrol car when the drunk driver struck him. The driver fled the scene but was arrested a short time later and convicted of manslaughter.

Detective McClelland was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the St. Louis County Police Department for nine years.

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McClelland family, I think of your husband, father quite often. Back in the early 70’s I was a troubled young teenager and ended up in County detention for over a year before being sent away to North Dakota. Detective Wayne was persistent in trying to “get through”to me and would visit me several times a week during my year there. Every day he told me I was special, I was someone special, and someday I would make a difference in this world. He always took the time to make sure I was ok and if I needed anything. His kindness is what I carried with me through out my life and try to ensure I leave the same legacy someday. I am no spring chicken anymore but he taught me that kindness to others makes you feel full & happy no matter how old you are. I was heart broken when word got to me about his senseless death. I know he is still watching over not only his family but me as well. I hope you all know how much he is missed by others too. Kindly, Kathi

Kathi Austin
October 23, 2017

 

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