Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Kenneth Lee Wimberly, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Wimberly was shot and killed after responding to a call of an emotionally disturbed person at the apartment complex he lived at.

He was off duty and approached by other residents of the Hunter's Pointe Apartments, Jimmy Carter Boulevard, who reported that the man, also a resident of the complex, was preaching loudly to an open field, and claiming to be God. Deputy Wimberly was able to calm the suspect down somewhat and get him to return to his apartment. The suspect then exited the apartment and a scuffle ensued.

During the struggle, the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Wimberly's weapon and shot and killed him. The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding units. He was convicted of Deputy Wimberly murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Deputy Wimberly had just moved into the apartment complex that day. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge SO165

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Arrested at the scene

at home, EDP, off duty

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I did not have the chance to know you while you were still with us, as though I had not arrived in this beautiful and cruel world. My father, Former Corporal Matthew Lee Warren, on the other hand he have the chance know you very well, as though he was your partner, your brother in arms. My father once told me, that the day you were no longer with us, that he was escorted to a room, where he was stripped of his gun, because they were bringing your assailant into the county jail. After he was stripped of his weapon, he was told about your ascent to heaven, he then told me that he collapsed and that was the last thing he remembers. I wish to someday meet you, once I have made the journey of leaving this Earth and ascending to the heavens, whether that be leaving my family and friends too soon, like you or becoming to the symptoms of old age, which rightfully had earned to the fullest, but was stripped from your grasp. I will one day meet you in the heavens, where all of our family, friends and pets have made the journey of life and ascended to the heavens. Rest in Peace and in Jesus' name, amen.

Payton Warren
Son of Partner

January 23, 2018

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