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Sergeant John Henry Cherry, Jr. | Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

Sergeant

John Henry Cherry, Jr.

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, September 27, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Not available

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Sergeant Cherry was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman who they were attempting to arrest. As other officers entered the kitchen Sergent Cherry approached the woman from behind in an attempt to disarm her with minimal force. The woman suddenly spun around and stabbed Sergeant Cherry underneath the right shoulder. The other officers were able to apprehend the woman. Sergeant Cherry was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound.
Sergeant Cherry had been with the agency for 11 years.

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I remember Sgt. Cherry from my childhood. My dad, Aubrey Carey, was a police officer and he and John were good friends. He was always so nice to me. After my dad left the force, we didn't see a lot of Officer Cherry, but he had left a great impression on me. I remember hearing about his death on the radio as i was getting ready for school. Such a sad ending for a wonderful man and great police officer.

Alissa Carey Coggeshall
September 28, 2016

 

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