Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten

Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten

Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, January 27, 2006

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Jeffery Alan Wroten

Officer Jeffery Wroten succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous morning while guarding an inmate at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The inmate, who was receiving treatment in the hospital, was able to gain control of Officer Wroten's service weapon and shot him once in the face.

The prisoner then fled from the hospital and carjacked a taxicab. The cab driver left his microphone on during the incident, which allowed officers to quickly locate him. The inmate forced the cab driver to cross into Pennsylvania where the driver intentionally crashed the cab. The prisoner then fled on foot back into Maryland where he was taken into custody.

On January 18, 2008, the suspect was convicted of Officer Wroten's murder and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Wroten had served with the Maryland State Division of Correction for 4 years, and was assigned to the medium-security Roxbury Correctional Institution. He had previously served with the Florida Department of Corrections and West Virginia Department of Corrections. He is survived by his son, four daughters, mother, three sisters, and three brothers.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 26, 2006
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Jeff miss you so much! <3
Jeff was my sensei for about 7 years in WV for his beloved Arnis (martial art), he guided us all, all his students, with care and devotion and a passion for Arnis… we even traveled with Jeff to Michigan State for multiple trainings with Remy Presas the founder of Arnis and they were amazing times.
Jeff took me from white belt almost to my black before he moved to Florida… miss you so much sensei! And friend!! Eric Davis and all of us miss you every day!! Thank you for your service and peace and light on your family always.

Jennifer Bell (Ramsey then)
Student of Jeff’s - now DHHR, WV

September 26, 2022

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