On this date, August 6, 2006, Police Officer Scott Wertz of the Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania was killed in the line of duty. Let us honor this fallen cop and thank God that some justice was served, as the cop killer had been sentenced to death. We got the information about him from ODMP and other links.
Police Officer Scott Alan Wertz
Scott Alan Wertz
Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, August 6, 2006
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 years
Badge # 045
Offender: Sentenced to death
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.