San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood was fatally shot in City Heights on Saturday by 23-year-old Dejon White. The active Marine Corps reservist served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Parents of a San Diego police officer killed in the line of duty visited with his colleagues at the Mid-City Division Sunday evening.
Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, died Sunday at 1:42 a.m. from gunshot wounds he received while sitting in his patrol car in City Heights Saturday evening.
Henwood's parents, brother and sister visited the officer's locker that has been covered with messages from his co-workers. They also met with some of the Good Samaritans who rushed to Henwood's aid in the moments after he was shot.
San Diego police investigators said Dejon Marquee White, 26, pulled a black Audi alongside Henwood’s vehicle Saturday evening and shot the officer with a shotgun in what they believe was an unprovoked attack.
White was killed by police within minutes of Henwood's shooting.
Abrar Adam, who owns the store Green Valley at 45th and University heard the shotgun and stepped outside his store. He saw two women helping Henwood. One was giving the officer CPR and while the other used the police radio to call for help.
San Diego's Mid-City division has received an outpouring of support from the community of City Heights in the hours after the shooting. There are flowers at the door of the police station and officers say they have received food from caring residents over the last two days.
Using a memorial page posted online, friends, squad members and fellow Marines remembered Henwood, a man who spent years in the U.S. Marine Corps and San Diego Police Department.
"You are a true hero who not only served this country, but served this City," wrote Kris Walb with the SDPD.
"I am fortunate to have known you and to have had you on my squad," posted Sgt. William Carter. "Your parents should be very proud to have raised such a fine son. "
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.
Word of Henwood's death spread quickly among those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with him.
"It seems like yesterday that we were back in Iraq," Capt. Stacy Barnes posted on Officer Down Memorial Page.
"Semper Fi Jeremy! You will be missed," wrote LtCol Matt McGarvey. "The next I see you we can go for a run like I promised the last time I saw you."
Henwood is from Texas and his family traveled to San Diego, arriving hours after he was shot. He is survived by his mother Beverly, brother Robbie and sister Emily of San Antonio, Texas.
Officials said the department is working on funeral arrangements for Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at The Rock Church. Details for the service have not been finalized.
This is the third death for the SDPD in one month. Detective Donna Williams was killed in an attack July 18 at her Rancho Penasquitos home. Officer David Hall was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard of his Linda Vista home on Aug. 1.
Executive Assistant Chief David Ramirez said the police department is coping with the tragedy and staying together as a family.
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