Sergeant Gary Wayne Henderson

Sergeant Gary Wayne Henderson

Shelbyville Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Gary Wayne Henderson

Sergeant Gary Henderson was struck and killed by two tires from a semitrailer while assisting at a traffic stop on eastbound I-74, near the Route 44 entrance ramp.

Sergeant Henderson responded to a call for assistance from a Shelby County deputy sheriff who had pulled over a stolen vehicle with two juvenile suspects. After arriving at the scene at 11:40 pm, Sergeant Henderson began taking photographs from outside of his patrol car.

As a passing semitrailer was changing lanes, a set of the rear dual tires and wheels disengaged from the passenger side of the trailer and struck Sergeant Henderson, killing him instantly. The driver of the semitrailer, when stopped a short distance from the scene by another officer, was unaware of what had happened.

No traffic violations were issued against the driver of the semitrailer, but he faces a deportation hearing as an illegal immigrant. The 13- and 14-year-old male juveniles have been charged with being runaways and with auto theft.

Sergeant Henderson had served with the Shelbyville Police Department as a police officer for 29 years and as a parking enforcement officer for four years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents and three sisters. His son went on to serve as a police officer with the department.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge 120

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

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