Patrolman Robert F. Wenzel

Patrolman Robert F. Wenzel

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 1973

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Robert F. Wenzel

Patrolman Robert F. Wenzel was shot and killed during a traffic stop. At some point during the traffic stop, the motorist drew a revolver and fired two shots.

Patrolman Wenzel, though wounded, was able to return fire, striking the subject multiple times. The dedicated officer died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

The killer was found guilty of Patroman Wenzel's murder and sentenced to 75 to 150 years in prison. He died in prison June 26, 2011.

Patrolman Wenzel served with the agency for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 7495

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

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I still remember the fun we had working at the gas station all those years ago. You are missed and in my prayers every day.

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January 16, 2018

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