Deputy Sheriff William H. Hendricks

Deputy Sheriff William H. Hendricks

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 15, 1866

William H. Hendricks

Deputy Sheriff Hendricks was shot and killed as two suspects escaped from the county jail. As Deputy Hendricks served the suspects their food he was attacked. One suspect was choking Deputy Hendricks while the other took his gun. One suspect fired Deputy Hendricks gun, but missed. Deputy Hendricks drew a derringer he had hidden in his boot and fired at one suspect striking him. Both suspects then fled onto the street with Deputy Hendricks in close pursuit. On the street a gun battle erupted and Deputy Hendricks shot and killed. Both suspect were later arrested.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Arrested

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Deputy Sheriff Hendricks,
On today, the 151st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Clara County.


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February 15, 2017

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