Police Officer Melvin L. "Mel" Henze

Police Officer Melvin L. "Mel" Henze

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 5, 1979

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Melvin L. "Mel" Henze

Officer Melvin Henze was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect wanted for felonious assault.

The suspect fled on foot as Officer Henze pursued him in his police car. As Officer Henze passed a building alley at 1025 Naeher Street, the suspect came out and shot him several times through his open car window around 1:30 p.m.

The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. He was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison and was denied parole in November 2006. He died in prison on August 13, 2011.

Officer Henze was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for 8 years. He was survived by his 5-year-old daughter and his parents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years, 2 months
  • Badge P279
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 22 years to life

assault, pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! Honoring the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Melvin L. "Mel" Henze of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 5, 2024

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