WARSAW, Missouri- The Benton County Enterprise is reporting that Warsaw City Police Chief Jason Wenberg was shot Friday morning at the corner of Washington and Seminary Streets. The shooting is apparently related to a truck that was stolen near Warsaw Fitness on Thursday evening. Early indications are that Chief Wenberg was shot below the shoulder and the perpetrator was shot in the face. It is believed that he his 15 years old and was taken by life flight to a hospital. Chief Wenberg was apparently taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. It is believed that his injuries are not life threatening, the Enterprise explained.
The Enterprise will continue with updates as more facts are known. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Wenberg.
Jason Wenberg was named to fill the position of Warsaw Chief of Police at a February 12th City Council meeting, replacing David Jones who retired in December 2017. Wenberg has served as a Warsaw police officer since September 2006, becoming Corporal in 2012 and Sergeant in 2017. He was the recipient of a Letter of Commendation in 2015 when he rescued a man from a burning apartment complex in Warsaw.
“Wenberg is an outstanding officer, and since the retirement of David Jones, was the preferred choice to take the helm of the Police Department,” said Warsaw Mayor Eddie Simons. “He has had a very distinguished career, and I look forward to him being in the position for a long time.”
Wenberg graduated from high school in Overland Park, Kansas, and moved to Warsaw in 2002. He carried out a childhood dream of serving in law enforcement when he attended the Missouri Sheriffs Association Training Academy from 2005 until 2006. Some of his duties in the police department have been to serve as Field Training Officer and Taser Instructor.
The suspect displayed a handgun and fired at the officer striking him in his ballistic vest. The officer returned fire striking the suspect. #Warsaw
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