Officer Kenneth Scott Wrede

Officer Kenneth Scott Wrede

West Covina Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 31, 1983

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Kenneth Scott Wrede

Officer Kenneth Wrede was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance call at 12:19 p.m.

Citizens had called the police after seeing a male under the influence of PCP, acting bizarrely in the street at Francisquito Avenue and Genview Road.

When Officer Wrede arrived, he struggled with the suspect momentarily before running back to his patrol car. The male also ran to the officer's patrol car. Because the man was high on PCP, he was able to rip the shotgun from the mounting bracket out of the vehicle's dashboard and shoot Officer Wrede with it.

The killer was sentenced to death but the sentence was overturned by a federal appeals court in 2000. In July 2002, the killer was tried a second time and was again sentenced to death.

In 2007 a four-mile section of I-10 was dedicated as the West Covina Police Officer Kenneth Scott Wrede Memorial Highway in memory of Officer Wrede.

Officer Wrede had served with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and parents.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 7

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

disturbance

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