Policeman William J. Henderson

Policeman William J. Henderson

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, March 3, 1932

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William J. Henderson

Policeman Henderson was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle. He saw the vehicle idling in front of a drug store on 54th Street and noticed a man sitting inside. As Policeman Henderson walked to a nearby call box the man in the car shot him in the back. Policeman Henderson succumbed to his wounds five days later.

No one was ever charged with Policeman Henderson's murder but it is believed that four burglars were responsible his murder. The four burglars were charged with the murder of Policeman David Wiley, who was shot and killed one month after Policeman Henderson.

Policeman Henderson was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 12 years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 2905
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 28, 1932
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never charged

suspicious vehicle

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Thank you for your service, both military as well as police, and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

April 10, 2021

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