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

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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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Thinking of you today Ken. Proud to have worked alongside you for several years. Your spirit and smile were both one of a kind. I still remember you dancing for hours at my wedding reception. So much so, that my grandmother often called me in the months that followed with one singular question: "How's the dancer?" I miss you my friend and pray that we meet again.

JD

October 1, 2019

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