Police Officer Scott Alan Wertz

Police Officer Scott Alan Wertz

Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 2006

Scott Alan Wertz

Police Officer Scott Wertz was shot and killed at approximately 2:00 am after he and his partner responded to a fight at a local convenience store at the intersection of 8th and Walnut Streets.

Officer Wertz and his partner were working a plainclothes regional auto theft detail when the call was broadcast and they responded to the scene. When they arrived at the location, they heard several shots in the parking lot and saw a man leaving the lot.

As the officers approached the man he began to flee on foot. When Officer Wertz caught the man, he suddenly fired two shots, fatally striking Officer Wertz in the chest. Officer Wertz's partner immediately tackled the suspect and took him into custody.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Wertz had served with the Reading Police Department for 11 years. He had previously worked as a prison guard and as a part time officer for the Sinking Spring and South Heidelberg Township Police Departments. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 045

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Hi #2 son,

Thank you for being down here and watching over us. I know you are here cause the other day I found not one but three dimes right next to each other and I saw you fluttering right in front of the truck. It is probably not your ideal weather, but we will get there. It is much better then up north, but I do like winter, just not the snow and ice. Please keep watching over your young men and guiding them in the right direction, and be with Trish when she is having a bad day. Some days are easier then others and we just have to hang in there the best we can, and it does make it easier when we know you are around..

Love and miss you


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