Sergeant Wayne John Truttmann

Sergeant Wayne John Truttmann

Brown County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch Thursday, December 20, 1973

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Wayne John Truttmann

Sergeant Wayne Truttmann was shot and killed, and another deputy was shot and critically wounded while conducting a vehicle search after stopping a 31-year-old man at 125 South Adams Street.

The vehicle was taken to a garage to be searched further after the subject gave them consent. While they were searching the vehicle, the assailant opened fire. He then turned the gun on himself. He died in a hospital two months later. Several firearms were located inside the vehicle. The suspect had escaped from the Erie County Courthouse in Pennsylvania in May of 1971 and was still being sought when this incident occurred.

Sergeant Truttmann was a United States Army Korean War veteran and had served with the Brown County Sheriff's Office for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

vehicle search, traffic stop

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Sgt. Truttman,
On today, the 50th 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 during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 20, 2023

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