SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Police Officers Association will mark the one-year anniversary of the on-duty death of Officer Jeremy Henwood by hosting a fundraiser Tuesday at the City Heights McDonald's where Henwood performed his final act of kindness shortly before being gunned down in an unprovoked attack.
Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., a portion of the proceeds from purchases at the fast-food eatery at 3879 Fairmount Ave. will go to the SDPOA's Widows and Orphans Fund. The event also will feature appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, face painting and historic police vehicles on display, according to the SDPOA.
Henwood, 36, was on patrol in a marked SDPD cruiser late in the afternoon on Aug. 6, 2011 when he pulled into the McDonald's to purchase a meal for himself and met a 13-year-old boy in line. The cop and the teen struck up a conversation in which Henwood asked the boy what he wanted to be when he grew up and encouraged him to work hard at it. The teen later told reporters he was short of change to buy the cookies he had wanted and Henwood paid the difference.
Shortly after leaving McDonald's, Henwood was stopped in traffic on University Avenue when Dejon White, 23, drove up alongside the officer and fatally shot him in the head with a .12 gauge pump shotgun, police said.
About 10 minutes earlier, White had allegedly fled a shooting in El Cajon. Police said in the earlier shooting, White walked up to a man eating dinner in his car at an In-and-Out restaurant in El Cajon and shot and seriously wounded the diner.
After shooting Henwood, White drove to his 48th Street apartment and was killed by police, who said White drove toward them. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis later ruled the shooting legally justified, saying the uniformed officers fired in self-defense.
Police said White left behind a three-page suicide note in his apartment but it made no mention of homicidal intentions and revealed no possible motive for the shooting rampage.
Henwood was a four-year veteran of the SDPD and a Marine reservist who served repeated deployments in Middle East war zones. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Henwood grew up in Texas and later became a U.S. citizen.