Chief of Police John M. Wannenwetsch

Chief of Police John M. Wannenwetsch

Colville Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, October 7, 1917

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John M. Wannenwetsch

Chief Wannenwetsch was shot and killed after interrupting two burglars attempting to break into a safe in a store. When he went to investigate a noise the suspects opened fire, striking him several times. He was able to return fire but did not strike the suspects, who fled to Spokane.

Chief Wannenwetsch had served in law enforcement for 3 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 7, 2020

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