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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Big Ken,
Where do I start? You were by far one of the most impactful people in my LEO career at GCPD. We surely had some amazing memories at work and outside of work. There will never, ever be someone larger then life like YOU Brother! I was blessed to not only call you my friend but more importantly my brother. I will never forget the day that I receive that call as it was devastating to me. I can still remember your service at Hebron church as there were thousands of your brothers and sisters in attendance. I was also honored to be able to be part of the procession that escorted you down to your final resting place in Columbus Georgia. We will meet again someday my brother, but until then please continue to look over my family and I. God Bless your wife and kids!

Michael Black
Former Co-Worker & ALWAYS a Brother

June 15, 2020

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