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Officer Luther B. Henderson | Jacksonville Police Department, Florida Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

Officer

Luther B. Henderson

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, January 26, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/27/1910

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer Henderson succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier when he was shot when he and his partner interrupted a burglary in progress at a cigar store on West Bay Street. As Officer Henderson watched the back door of the store he observed a suspicious man in the alley. He searched the man but failed to locate a handgun in one of the man's pockets. As the two talked the man pulled out the gun and shot Officer Henderson twice in the face.

Officer Henderson was taken to St. Luke's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two weeks later. The suspect was tried for Officer Henderson's murder but was acquitted.

Officer Henderson had only been with the agency for 2 weeks and was survived by his mother and seven brothers.

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Hard to believe a young man so dedicated to his job as you were Officer Henderson, could lose their life as a rookie but these are the risks associated with the position. Your courage will not be forgotten. It's a crime even over one hundred years ago, how your killer was found innocent and set free. Rest in peace Officer Henderson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
January 26, 2013

 

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