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08-06-06, 06:52 PM #1
Police Officer in Reading, Pa., Killed-AP News Alert
Police Officer in Reading, Pa., Killed
READING, Pa. (AP) -- A plainclothes police officer responding to a report of a fight near City Hall was shot in the chest and died Sunday, officials said.
Patrolman Scott A. Wertz and another officer were chasing Cletus C. Rivera when the suspect fired two shots, at least one of which struck Wertz, Mayor Tom McMahon said.
Wertz, 40, was not wearing a bulletproof vest, authorities said. He was shot just after 2 a.m. outside a convenience store.
The other officer tackled Rivera and took him into custody. Authorities said they were preparing to file a murder charge against him.
Wertz was a nine-year veteran assigned to an auto-theft task force. He is survived by a wife and two sons.
"Our hearts go out to the Wertz family and to his brother officers on the Reading Police Department," McMahon said.
Rivera, 24, had been arrested in July after a domestic dispute and charged with holding a gun to a woman's heat and threatening to kill her.
Reading, a city of more than 80,000, is about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
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08-06-06, 07:03 PM #2
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.”
Matthew 5.9I may have many faults, but being wrong ain't one of them.
08-06-06, 08:00 PM #3GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Rest in peace, brother. WEAR YOUR DAMN STANK HOT VEST!!!!And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
08-06-06, 09:26 PM #4
RIP Brother we have the watch.
08-07-06, 05:55 PM #5
My prayers are with his family and friends.....God bless them all,
08-07-06, 06:14 PM #6
RIP my brother in arms, my prayers go to your family and your dept.
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08-07-06, 06:40 PM #7CopsRCool302 Guest
Another Officer gone, this has been a sad week. May they never be forgotten, my heart goes to the family's..
08-08-06, 04:53 AM #8
May he Rest in Peace.To be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.
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