Patrolman Henry W. Jennings

Patrolman Henry W. Jennings

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, May 25, 1964

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Henry W. Jennings

Patrolman Jennings was shot and killed at a local hotel while attempting to arrest a man who shot and wounded a fellow officer earlier when that officer attempted to arrest him during a burglary. Patrolman Jennings managed to return fire severely wounding the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life at the Connecticut Penitentiary on January 29, 1965. He was later transferred to the Federal Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, where he was strangled to death by two fellow inmates in 1981. On October 22, 1983, one of his killers stabbed to death Correctional Officer Merle E. Clutts.

Patrolman Jennings was survived by two children.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Murdered in prison

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Officer Jennings would come in a flash to McCook hospital to assist myself and George Foster-Bey with unruly patients. He was always kind and cared more about others than himself. He was a good officer and was sorely missed by all at McCook.

Just an orderly - Richard Langseth
Hartford Municipal Hospital - McCook

June 21, 2020

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