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Police Officer Horst Harold Woods | United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

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Horst Harold Woods

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 10, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New Mexico

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Arrested later in day

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Police Officer Horst Woods was shot and killed while approaching a man who was kneeling down beside his patrol car in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

As Officer Woods approached the man from the opposite side of the vehicle, the man stood up. The two exchanged words and then the man raised his left arm and shot at Officer Woods. As Officer Woods turned away, he was struck once in the back of the head.

The suspect was arrested a short time later by members of United States Air Force Security Police at Kirtland AFB. The suspect was found with two extra fully loaded magazines, an 18-inch bowie knif, and a long barreled Derringer loaded with two shotgun shells.

Officer Woods was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Department for eight months. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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You served this nation in two capacities, first in the U.S. Navy and then helping to protect those who served with you. You showed more loyalty to the United States than yourself and you should be Blessed by God for that alone.

Brother, you proved yourself a true hero and I wish you had been around for many years after; to be able to retire peacefully. But, since you went above and beyond, that did not happen so I pray you are resting peacefully with God in Heaven. I am sure you are.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 10, 2016

 

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