40 years ago today, Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Wern - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

40 years ago today, Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner was killed in the line of duty

Posted:

In 1977, Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner was shot in the chest shot during a routine traffic stop. 

He tried to stop a suspect for erratic driving at the south parking lot of Apache mall. The man who shot him fled the scene in his squad car.

Werner was 33 years old. According to his Officer Down Memorial Page, he had wife and two daughters.The man who shot him, James Edward Lee, ran away in his police car. Police officers found the car a few hours later and arrested Edward Lee.
He was convicted of first degree murder, and was sentenced to life in prison.

"It's a senseless and needless type of crime. It certainly has deeply saddened the members of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Department as well as the Rochester Police Department," said retired Olmsted County Chief Jim Macken

Werner served with the Olmsted County Sheriff's office for five years.

Last year the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office started a fundraiser to send one of his daughters to Washington D-C for National Police Week this year. They sold pins to raise the money to send his daughter, Wendy Werner, to the annual event honoring fallen officers.
 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Medical emergency leads to crash on Hwy 52

    UPDATE: Medical emergency leads to crash on Hwy 52

    State Patrol says a person died behind the wheel before getting into an accident on the southbound lane of Highway 52 Monday. It caused traffic to back up on Highway 52. 

    More >>

    State Patrol says a person died behind the wheel before getting into an accident on the southbound lane of Highway 52 Monday. It caused traffic to back up on Highway 52. 

    More >>
  • Man allegedly tries to hit man with car in Stewartville

    Man allegedly tries to hit man with car in Stewartville

    A Rochester man is facing assault and controlled substance charges after a deputy allegedly saw him try to hit a man with his car in Stewartville. The sheriff's office says the deputy recognized 35-year-old Jerry Milliken from previous drug and stolen property investigations. 

    More >>

    A Rochester man is facing assault and controlled substance charges after a deputy allegedly saw him try to hit a man with his car in Stewartville. The sheriff's office says the deputy recognized 35-year-old Jerry Milliken from previous drug and stolen property investigations. 

    More >>
  • Nupa worker allegedly threatened at gunpoint

    Nupa worker allegedly threatened at gunpoint

    Rochester Police say a fight between two coworkers at Nupa, a Greek Restaurant in Rochester,  took a turn for the worst when someone showed up with a gun. The alleged incident occurred at the location on Crossroads Drive. 

    More >>

    Rochester Police say a fight between two coworkers at Nupa, a Greek Restaurant in Rochester,  took a turn for the worst when someone showed up with a gun. The alleged incident occurred at the location on Crossroads Drive. 

    More >>
  • Rochester man injured in Alma, Wisconsin accident

    Rochester man injured in Alma, Wisconsin accident

    A Rochester man was hurt in a crash in Alma, Wisconsin Saturday night. Highway 35 was closed for 35 minutes while crews cleared significant debris from the scene. 

    More >>

    A Rochester man was hurt in a crash in Alma, Wisconsin Saturday night. Highway 35 was closed for 35 minutes while crews cleared significant debris from the scene. 

    More >>
  • Pedestrian allegedly threatens Rochester men with knife

    Pedestrian allegedly threatens Rochester men with knife

    A Rochester man is arrested after allegedly threatening three brothers with a knife. Rochester police say 43-year-old Paul Allen was taken into custody after the incident Friday around 9:30 a.m. 

    More >>

    A Rochester man is arrested after allegedly threatening three brothers with a knife. Rochester police say 43-year-old Paul Allen was taken into custody after the incident Friday around 9:30 a.m. 

    More >>
  • Zumbrota farm installs solar power array to produce cleaner and cheaper energy

    Zumbrota farm installs solar power array to produce cleaner and cheaper energy

    It's no secret that farmers rely on the sun to grow their crops and make a living, but there's one family in Zumbrota who is turning to the sun for a different reason. Tim and Marie Mack are using solar power to provide 88 percent of the electricity for their home and farm. "Over the last few years, we've been working towards decreasing our energy use to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable," said Tim Mack. With the help of Rochester company Solar Connection, ...

    More >>

    It's no secret that farmers rely on the sun to grow their crops and make a living, but there's one family in Zumbrota who is turning to the sun for a different reason. Tim and Marie Mack are using solar power to provide 88 percent of the electricity for their home and farm. "Over the last few years, we've been working towards decreasing our energy use to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable," said Tim Mack. With the help of Rochester company Solar Connection, ...

    More >>
  • Highway 14 collision injures mother and son

    Highway 14 collision injures mother and son

    A head-on collision near Chester left a Mother and Son injured Saturday.

    According to Minnesota State Patrol, 31-year-old Syrasith Phutseevong was westbound on Highway 14 when he attempted to pass another westbound vehicle just after 6:00 p.m.

    More >>

    A head-on collision near Chester left a Mother and Son injured Saturday.

    According to Minnesota State Patrol, 31-year-old Syrasith Phutseevong was westbound on Highway 14 when he attempted to pass another westbound vehicle just after 6:00 p.m.

    More >>
  • Clock runs out on Minnesota Legislature; Governor calls Special Session to finish up

    Clock runs out on Minnesota Legislature; Governor calls Special Session to finish up

    House Speaker Kurt Daudt addresses reporters just before midnight at the State CapitolHouse Speaker Kurt Daudt addresses reporters just before midnight at the State Capitol

    The clock struck midnight without the 2017 Minnesota Legislature finishing work on a two-year budget or a capital projects "bonding bill."  But Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders said they have reached a compromise on all of their disagreements and the governor called a one-day Special Session for Tuesday beginning at 12:01 a.m. to allow lawmakers to finish their work. 

    More >>

    The clock struck midnight without the 2017 Minnesota Legislature finishing work on a two-year budget or a capital projects "bonding bill."  But Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders said they have reached a compromise on all of their disagreements and the governor called a one-day Special Session for Tuesday beginning at 12:01 a.m. to allow lawmakers to finish their work. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly