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 sustained on March 12, 1995, while checking on a suspicious person adjacent to the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church at about 4:10 am.

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

The man then committed suicide. It was later determined that the man had become drunk, written a suicide note, and armed himself before walking to the area where Officer Henry encountered him.

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 five 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

DIP, suicidal subject, suspicious person

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Every time another officer is taken my thoughts can’t help go back to you, that fateful night that changes all of our lives forever and that horrific month you were in the hospital before leaving us…
Alyssa just had a baby boy so would be a grandfather two times over now. And you would’ve been a great one!! I so wish things didn’t happen the way they did and that you were still here with us. We often imagine how different our lives would’ve been had this tragedy hadn’t happen. We lost so much more than you dear brother and I miss you everyday. You are loved, missed, remembered and never forgotten.
Love you Bob-o

Praying for LA Sheriffs Deputy Clinkunbroomer’s family, loved ones and fellow officers during this devastating time..

Kathy Henry Hensley

September 17, 2023

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