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Calif. Cop Killed at Stop Sign, Suspect Killed In Gunfight

August 07, 2011  | 

This City Heights apartment was the scene of a two-hour standoff after the fatal shooting of a San Diego officer. Screenshot: YouTube (MasterofMindSlaves).

A San Diego (Calif.) Police officer who was shot by a suspect while sitting in his cruiser at a stop sign has died from the shotgun wound he sustained.

Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, was patrolling a neighborhood in blue-collar City Heights on Saturday at about 5:30 p.m. The driver of a black Audi signaled with his lights, apparently to draw the officer's attention. The driver — identified as Dejon Marquee White, 23, — then pulled alongside the cruiser, lowered the front passenger-side window, leveled a shotgun and fired, striking the officer's head.

Citizens attempted to give first-aid to the officer, and used his radio to call for help, reports NBC San Diego.

About half an hour later, police tracked the Audi to an apartment three blocks away, where officers exchanged gunfire with White, killing him. SWAT officers arrived and surrounded the apartment, where they believed a second suspect was holed up. After two hours, tactical officers entered the apartment to find it empty.

Prior to killing Officer Henwood, White shot a man at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in El Cajon. Police said he left a rambling two-page suicide note that didn't describe how he planned to kill himself, reports the Associated Press. A misdemeanor arrest warrant had been issued for White for failure to pay a bus or trolley fare, reports NBC San Diego.

Officer Henwood, a four-year veteran, was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He had recently returned from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. 

Sources: Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Associated Press

Comments (6)

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Kari Correa @ 8/7/2011 2:40 PM

OfficerSherman, what a sick thing to say! God bless this officers family, and so glad the dept got the POS off the street!

Mike M. @ 8/8/2011 12:07 AM

My respects and sympathies to Officer Henwood and his family friends, police officers and fellow veterans. We are losing way to many police officers. Focus on the basics of officer survival!

I ask for the banning of the individual identifying themself as OfficerSherman on this discussion. There is no room for such comments here.

Tom @ 8/8/2011 7:00 PM

My sympathies as well to the officer's family for his sacrifice. It is a sad case when the streets of the US for law enforcement have become so dangerous. Sometimes there is nothing one can do to escape being a victim as in this case. The suspect wanted to kill a cop and he did it in a manner that virtually allowed no escape or chance of survival for the officer. The officer will be remember as a hero who tried to protect his nation and city while the suspect will not be missed and whose contribution to society was negligible.

DaveSAM25G @ 8/8/2011 10:43 PM

Personal Words fail me now so I must lean on other words of others - God bless the family and department, from a book that means a great deal to me quoted (“)

"Honoring our Warriors" - "The blood our warriors shed, and have left upon the ground over the years of time, is the foundation upon which we stand, we walk, we build our homes and we raise our children. Never forget them, never take them for granted." (Red Thunder) -David Matheson.


Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on the ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there, I did not die. -Author Unknown

God Bless....

Capt David @ 8/9/2011 5:49 AM

Very sad but this is the reality of police work. My prayers to his family.

t. britt @ 8/9/2011 6:17 AM

my prayers go to the family and friends such a loss, we go into trouble when others run away.

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