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Police Officer Jeremy Nicholas Henwood | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California

Police Officer

Jeremy Nicholas Henwood

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 6378

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/6/2011

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Jeremy Henwood was shot and fatally wounded while stopped at a traffic light in an unprovoked attack.

Several minutes earlier the subject had randomly approached a customer getting into a car at a local fast food restaurant and shot him in the face with a shotgun. Moments after fleeing the scene, the vehicle was observed by a gang unit officer from a neighboring city driving at a high rate of speed on I-8. The officer, who was unaware of the shooting, gave chase briefly before the pursuit was called off due to high speeds.

Four minutes after the pursuit ended the vehicle pulled behind Officer Henwood's patrol car on University Avenue and flashed its lights several times. When Officer Henwood pulled into the right lane the driver of the vehicle pulled alongside him and immediately opened fire on him with the shotgun, striking him in the head.

The driver fled the scene as two citizens in the car behind him provided medical assistance to Officer Henwood and used his radio to notify dispatchers of the shooting.

Approximately 30 minutes later a woman called 911 and told dispatchers that a man had just confessed the shootings to her. Responding units encountered the man trying to leave the area in the vehicle and fatally shot him when he reached for the shotgun.

Officer Henwood was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the next morning.

Officer Henwood was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the San Diego Police Department for four years. He is survived by his parents, brother, and sister.

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You reached out to a kid you never knew and showed him kindness and provided him a role model. To shape a young life, that is a precious thing and what you did says so much about your character. That kid will grow up and do great things because you reached out to him the way you did. It is so tragic that you would be cut down moments later in a senseless and unprovoked attack. You were a good man taken too soon. Rest in peace sir. And my God watch over your friends and family as well as that kid you were so kind to.

Andrew Tarnowicz
December 10, 2014


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