Detective Wayne Bradford McClelland

Detective Wayne Bradford McClelland

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, April 17, 1975

Wayne Bradford McClelland

Detective Wayne McClelland was struck and killed by a drunk driver on I-55, near Green Park Road.

He had just pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and was returning to his patrol car when the drunk driver struck him. The driver fled the scene but was arrested a short time later and convicted of manslaughter.

Detective McClelland was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the St. Louis County Police Department for nine years.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

Most Recent Reflection

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McClelland family, I think of your husband, father quite often. Back in the early 70’s I was a troubled young teenager and ended up in County detention for over a year before being sent away to North Dakota. Detective Wayne was persistent in trying to “get through”to me and would visit me several times a week during my year there. Every day he told me I was special, I was someone special, and someday I would make a difference in this world. He always took the time to make sure I was ok and if I needed anything. His kindness is what I carried with me through out my life and try to ensure I leave the same legacy someday. I am no spring chicken anymore but he taught me that kindness to others makes you feel full & happy no matter how old you are. I was heart broken when word got to me about his senseless death. I know he is still watching over not only his family but me as well. I hope you all know how much he is missed by others too. Kindly, Kathi

Kathi Austin

October 23, 2017

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