Patrolman Ralph W. Henderson

Patrolman Ralph W. Henderson

Wooster Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 3, 1912

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Ralph W. Henderson

Patrolman Ralph Henderson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 10 days earlier after ordering a man off of a portion of a city street.

On Sunday June 23, 1912 Patrolman Henderson responded to a call of a drunken individual causing a disturbance. The suspect suddenly produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Henderson in the neck.

Patrolman Henderson died after contracting pneumonia and blood poisoning while recovering from the wound in the hospital.

The suspect was arrested at his home by Chief Leiner an hour after the shooting. The suspect had already served three terms in the Ohio Penitentiary for assault with intent to kill, stabbing, and arson. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison August 30, 1919 of heart disease. He was an expert carpenter who built the electric chair at the Ohio Penitentiary.

Patrolman Henderson was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 23, 1912
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your memory or your sacrifice. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 3, 2020

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