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

Age: 51
Served: 10 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
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:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Rice Cemetery, Elkhart

   Patrolman Henry Wentz was shot and killed while backing up county officers who were responding to a report of a shooting.

   The initial call was that a man had just killed a woman at a roadhouse and was going crazy. Patrolman Wentz was one of the first officers to arrive. Upon seeing the man leave the house Patrolman Wentz gave chase but was shot. He gave his gun to a county prosecutor who was riding with him and told him to catch the suspect. Other officers returned and found Patrolman Wentz dead. The wound penetrated his femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene.