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Chief of Police Joseph Stephen Henderson | Tifton Police Department, Georgia Tifton Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

Joseph Stephen Henderson

Tifton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, July 18, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 14 years

Badge # CHIEF

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1943

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Chief Joseph Henderson and Patrolman Mercer Denby were shot and killed by a drunken soldier Patrolman Denby had arrested. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Denby's weapon and shot him. The suspect then fled into the streets and started to fire the gun randomly.

Chief Henderson was shot when he rushed to the scene to assist Patrolman Denby. Patrolman Denby succumbed to his wounds 6 weeks later.

The suspect was sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair at Reidsville State Prison on May 28, 1943.

Chief Henderson had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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