Sergeant John Henry Cherry, Jr.

Sergeant John Henry Cherry, Jr.

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, September 27, 1982

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John Henry Cherry, Jr.

Sergeant John Cherry was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman whom he was attempting to arrest.

As other officers entered the woman's kitchen, Sergent Cherry approached the woman from behind in an attempt to disarm her with minimal force. The woman suddenly spun around and stabbed Sergeant Cherry underneath the right shoulder.

The other officers were able to apprehend the woman. Sergeant Cherry was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

Sergeant Cherry had been with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available


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I remember Sgt. Cherry from my childhood. My dad, Aubrey Carey, was a police officer and he and John were good friends. He was always so nice to me. After my dad left the force, we didn't see a lot of Officer Cherry, but he had left a great impression on me. I remember hearing about his death on the radio as i was getting ready for school. Such a sad ending for a wonderful man and great police officer.

Alissa Carey Coggeshall

September 28, 2016

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