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Officer Andre Gerard Booker | Henrico County Police Department, Virginia Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

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Andre Gerard Booker

Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, January 12, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 0850

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 1/12/2003

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Sentenced to 15 years

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Officer Booker drowned after his patrol car sank in a 30-feet deep retention pond on Brook Road.

The victim officer and other officers had responded to a shopping center at approximately 0200 hours to investigate reports of gunfire. Officer Booker was reversing his patrol car to block a roadway when it crashed through a small fence and plunged into the 34-degree water. The other six officers at the scene jumped into the water and tried to rescue him, but were unable to pull him out. Police dive team members were able to remove him about 80 minutes later. He was taken to MCV Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect that the officers were attempting to stop was charged with second degree murder and several other felonies. He was acquitted of the murder charge, but convicted of cocaine possession and possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. In addition, he pled guilty to discharging a firearm in public and reckless handling of a firearm, both misdemeanors, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a felony. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Officer Booker had served with the Henrico County Police Department for two years, and is survived by his parents.

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I stumbled on this today because I was thinking of you and wanted to see if there was a memorial out there for you. I still think of you every day and my heart breaks that I can't call you. I pray often for your mom and family and also for girlfriend and her son. I know everyone misses you so much. You were one of the most amazing people I have ever met and unfortunately it took your death for me to follow your advice. Thank you for always pushing me in the right direction and for being the best friend even when I wasn't. You always knew better than I did. I am sorry I didn't get to come see you laid to rest I didn't think I could drive up there and back alone. On the night you died I was out and about around the time you left the world and felt the strangest feeling that I needed to go to Richmond. I wish things could have been different and that you were still here with us. I never got to tell you how proud I was of you and all that you became. I don't think I will ever have a friend like you again and I will always miss you.

Crystal
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September 30, 2014

 

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