Officer Robert Joseph Henry

Officer Robert Joseph Henry

Newport Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 1995

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Robert Joseph Henry

Officer Bob Henry succumbed to gunshot wounds received on March 12, 1995, while checking on a drunk suspect.

The suspect gave Officer Henry a military ID card and then opened fire with a handgun he had concealed underneath his shirt, striking Officer Henry.

The suspect then shot and killed himself.

Officer Henry remained in a coma until succumbing to his wounds one month later.

Officer Henry had served with the Newport Beach Police Department for 5 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 12, 1995
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Hello, Bob. It’s Spencer. Sunday will mark, what, the 28th anniversary of that fateful day. I still remember it as if it just happened. It’s seared in my memory; the scene, the trees off in the distance that are now homes, the quiet of the morning shattered by the shooting. Your yellow rain jacket is what I remember most…when I found you, my brain wasn’t processing because I could only see your arm sticking out (the yellow sleeve of the coat) because the suspect way laying on top of you. After we pulled him off, tried to assess your wound and look for the other bad guy we thought escaped…why it had to be you and not me, I’ll never understand. You are missed and not forgotten. Ever.

Spencer A
Newport Beach PD

March 9, 2023

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