Seconds after San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood was shot in his patrol car Saturday, a citizen used his radio to call for help.
Henwood, 36, was shot in the head at University Avenue and 45th Street. The 4-year veteran of the department and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves was pronounced dead Sunday morning.
Witnesses said a man pulled up on this side of Henwood’s vehicle and shot him with a shotgun in what officials believe was an unprovoked attack.
In a police recording, a dispatcher is heard warning units of the suspect vehicle in an earlier shooting. Suddenly a woman interrupts the dispatcher saying "All officers. All officers. There is an officer shot. He is still breathing."
Dozens of police vehicles swarmed the neighborhood. Paramedics who arrived on the scene treated and transported Henwood to Scripps Mercy Hospital.
About an hour after Henwood was shot, 23-year-old Dejon Marquee White was killed by police after a standoff outside a City Heights apartment building.
White had been involved in a shooting at an In-N-Out restaurant in El Cajon minutes before Henwood was shot police said.
When officers arrived on the scene they spotted suspect White carrying a shotgun and getting into the Audi before heading south on 48th Street.
Police, thinking a second suspect may have been in the apartment on 48th street, called in SWAT to secure the area, however after entering the building around 10 p.m. they found no one inside.
Based on additional investigations in-depth interviews with witnesses, investigators believe White was the only suspect.
Henwood, who served with SDPD for four years, was assigned to the Mid-City Division. He was also a Captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserves who recently returned from deployment.
A Texas native, Henwood is survived by his parents, a brother and a sister.
Anyone who would like to donate to Officer Henwood's memorial fund can mail a check to the San Diego Police Officer Association at:
Officer Jeremy Henwood Family Trust
c/o San Diego Police Officers Association
8388 Vickers Street, San Diego, CA 92111
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