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Patrolman Ralph W. Henderson | Wooster Police Department, Ohio Wooster Police Department, Ohio


Ralph W. Henderson

Wooster Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 3, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/23/1912

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Ralph Henderson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 10 days earlier after ordering a man off of a portion of a city street.

On Sunday June 23, 1912 Patrolman Henderson responded to a call of a drunken individual causing a disturbance. The suspect suddenly produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Henderson in the neck.

Patrolman Henderson died after contracting pneumonia and blood poisoning while recovering from the wound in the hospital.

The suspect was arrested at his home by Chief Leiner an hour after the shooting. The suspect had already served three terms in the Ohio Penitentiary for assault with intent to kill, stabbing, and arson. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison August 30, 1919 of heart disease. He was an expert carpenter who built the electric chair at the Ohio Penitentiary.

Patrolman Henderson was survived by his wife and two children.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
July 4, 2015


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