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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John was an exemplary person and officer And I was privileged to call my friend. Rest in peace my friend, and know that you are missed today tomorrow and always.

Lynda McKinney Schneider

December 4, 2021

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