Patrolman
Henry W. Wentz
Elkhart Police Department
Saturday, December 13, 1924

Age: 51
Served: 10 years
Badge #:
Panel 33W, Line 9
Panel L19, Line 7

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, December 13, 1924

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:

Incident County:
Elkhart
Incident Township:

Weapon Used:
Pistol
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Rice Cemetery, Elkhart

   Patrolman Henry Wentz was shot and killed while assisting county deputies who were responding to a shooting.

   It was reported that a highly intoxicated man had just killed a woman at a roadhouse and wounded one of its patrons. Patrolman Wentz was first to arrive and shot in the leg as he exited his patrol car.

   He gave his gun to a county prosecutor who was riding with him and told him to catch the suspect. Other officers who responded found Patrolman Wentz had bled to death from the wound that had penetrated his femoral artery.

   The 35-year-old suspect was shot and killed by another officer in which a county deputy was wounded during the man's capture.

   Patrolman Wentz was survived by his wife.



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