Police Officer Melvin L. "Mel" Henze

Police Officer Melvin L. "Mel" Henze

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 5, 1979

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 in his police car. As Officer Henze passed a building the suspect came out and shot him several times through his open car window.

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 August 13, 2011.

Officer Henze had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his 5-year-old daughter. Officer Henze was a Vietnam Veteran.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge P279
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Remebering this day that we lost our brother officer and friend. You are not forgotten Mel.

B. George
CPD 1974 -1984

May 5, 2016

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