Officer Stephen Dale Hensley

Officer Stephen Dale Hensley

Delta Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, August 11, 1973

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Stephen Dale Hensley

Officer Hensley was shot and killed after being abducted by a suspect he and another officer had been chasing. During a foot chase the suspect overpowered Officer Hensley and forced him to drive to another location. As he was driving he began to struggle with the suspect, causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch. During the struggle the suspect shot Officer Hensley. The suspect was apprehended.

The suspect, 20, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed at Colorado State Mental Hospital in Pueblo, and was still there on October 21, 2022.

Officer Hensley was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed

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