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Police Officer Henry I. Bunch | San Jose Police Department, California San Jose Police Department, California

Police Officer

Henry I. Bunch

San Jose Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, July 29, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 2076

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Officer Henry Bunch was shot and killed with his own service weapon after being overpowered by a suspect he had arrested for DUI.

The suspect was found passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle. He was placed under arrest and handcuffed by Officer Bunch and his partner. The officers then transported the suspect back to the police facility to process him for drunk driving.

At the police facility, Officer Bunch began the procedure to obtain a chemical sample from the suspect, while his partner proceeded to secure his duty weapon at another area of the facility. During this time, Officer Bunch had not yet secured his duty weapon and he and the prisoner was alone. The suspect was unhandcuffed by Officer Bunch and he managed to obtain control of the officer's service weapon. The suspect shot Officer Bunch in the head, and attempted to shoot Officer Bunch's partner when he came to assist. However, the partner was able to use the weapon and shoot the suspect in the head. Both Officer Bunch and the suspect were pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Bunch became a member of the San Jose Police Department in 1980. He was also a police officer for the Daly City Police Department for six years.

The officer is survived by his wife and his 6-year-old daughter by a previous marriage, and two stepchildren, ages 7 and 4.

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I just watched a youtube video called TopCops from the 80's in which your former partner Rocky Bridges recounted that fateful day. Bless you and the sacrifice you made, I'm certain you have saved lives after they changed the procedures to secure environments such as the old Alcohol Investigation Bureau room where you were killed.

A Nogales
Texas Air National Guard
September 11, 2016

 

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