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Detective Richard Henneberry | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Richard Henneberry

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 88

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/4/1925

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Detective Richard Henneberry died of gunshot wounds he received two days earlier when he attempted to stop a stolen vehicle at approximately 4:00 pm.

He and his partner were on patrol when they noticed a sedan that they suspected was stolen. The detectives cut the vehicle off and exited their vehicle. As they exited, four suspects exited the stolen vehicle and opened fire, striking Detective Henneberry in the chest.

The four suspects fled and were pursued by Detective Henneberry's partner and other officers into a home at 433 West 35th Street, Manhattan, where they again exchanged gunfire with two of the suspects. In that exchange of gunfire a citizen, who lived in the home, was shot and killed when one of the suspects used her as a human shield against the gunfire of the officers. The two suspects surrendered after they ran out of ammunition.

A third suspect was chased into the cellar of another house, where two patrolman apprehended him after a violent hand to hand struggle. The fourth suspect, a 17-year-old girl, was arrested later.

The 18-year-old suspect who shot Detective Henneberry and used the 35-year-old mother of four as a human shield was convicted of their murders and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Detective Henneberry had served with the New York City Police Department for six years and was survived by his wife and four children. He was assigned to the Detective Division.

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Rest in your deserved peace my brother. You are not forgotten.

N.Y.PD. Lt. Ray Flores
August 6, 2016


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