Police Officer Robert Heinle

Police Officer Robert Heinle

Missoula Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Friday, February 12, 2010

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Robert Heinle

Police Officer Bob Heinle succumbed to complications from a gunshot wound suffered 11 years earlier.

On October 21st, 1998, he had responded to a local bank after receiving reports of a man attempting to cash a forged check. When he arrived at the location he located the man outside and chased him on foot when the man fled. A short distance away the man opened fire, striking Officer Heinle once in the neck.

The wound caused Officer Heinle to become paralyzed from the neck down. He continued to suffer complications from the wound and passed away as a result of those complications on February 12th, 2010.

The man who shot Officer Heinle was convicted of several charges after the initial shooting, including attempted murder, and was sentenced to life in prison.

At the time of the shooting, Officer Heinle had served with the Missoula Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, brother, & sister.

Bio

  • Age 47
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 21, 1998
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Heinle,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Missoula. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.’
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

February 12, 2020

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