Police Officer Wendolyn Odell Tanner

Police Officer Wendolyn Odell Tanner

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Saturday, September 7, 1996

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Wendolyn Odell Tanner

Officer Wendolyn Tanner was shot and killed during a foot chase of a known felon and parole violator that he and his partner were attempting to arrest.

During the chase, the suspect fired several shots at the officers. One bullet struck Officer Tanner in the side, between the panels of his vest. His partner was able to return fire and shot the suspect.

The man was taken into custody after officers followed his blood trail.

Officer Tanner had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for four years. He was survived by his expectant fiancée.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

convicted felon, foot pursuit, parolee

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Time has healed the heart but the memory of friendship is still anew. Might we all endeavor to be appreciative of family and friends on this side of living. Miss you brother.

MPD Class of 4-92

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Department of Veteran Affairs Police Services

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