October 31, 2000
Sergeant Richard Weinhold, age 44, was shot on October 31, 2000 at approximately 1:47 PM, after responding to a disturbance in the 1900 block of Chambers Road. As officers began to search the residence, Sergeant Weinhold took the lead position and was ambushed by a subject firing a shotgun. Sergeant Weinhold returned fire and was pulled from the residence by his fellow officers.
Sergeant Weinhold was taken to DePaul Hospital for emergency treatment, however at 2:39 PM, Sergeant Weinhold became the ninth St. Louis County Police Officer to give his life in the line of duty.
The suspect remained barricaded in the residence until his surrender to officers from this Department's Tactical Operations Unit. He was charged with First Degree Murder, but was ruled to be mentally incompetent to stand trial and is currently institutionalized.
Sergeant Weinhold was born on January 23, 1956. He was a thirteen year veteran of the Department. During his career, he served in the Division of Patrol, Division of Criminal Investigation and Division of Operational Support. He received several letters of commendation and appreciation from the Department and the citizens he served.