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Sergeant Gary Wayne Henderson | Shelbyville Police Department, Indiana Shelbyville Police Department, Indiana

Sergeant

Gary Wayne Henderson

Shelbyville Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 33 years

Badge # 120

Cause: Accidental

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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.

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It's almost been 6 years since you left us to be with the Lord. I am still so very saddened by the events that led to your departure from us. You were a great asset to our community and our Police Department. I miss our chats about life and especially discussing your love for children. We had that in common! Your son,Kyle is gonna be just like you! You set such great examples of how a dad,husband,friend,officer,Sargeant .......etc, should be. I am proud to have called you my friend. Thanks for all you done for me to get my son back. I feel more guilty than anyone could ever imagine, and it never goes away. I'm deeply sorry for what your family has went through due to the misbehaviors and criminal acts of two teenagers. I will never forget you, I will see you again someday and have the opportunity to say, IM DEEPLY SORRY! God bless your family.

Terri Kuhn-Jareski
Saddened Friend
September 19, 2013

 

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