SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fundraiser on the first anniversary of the death of San Diego police Officer Jeremy Henwood raised $4,000 for the San Diego Police Officers Association Widows and Orphans Fund, the POA announced Friday.
The event took place Tuesday at a McDonald's restaurant on Fairmount Avenue, where Henwood bought cookies for a young boy in one of his final acts before being slain while on the job.
"We are truly appreciative for all of the help from the volunteers and donors that stepped up for officers and their families during times of tragedy," said Brian Marvel, SDPOA president. "The legacy of Jeremy Henwood is one of dedication and generosity, and the response from the community at this event reflected that."
Henwood, 36, was on patrol in a marked SDPD cruiser 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 officer asked the teen 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 fled a shooting in El Cajon, in which he walked up to a man eating dinner in his car outside an In-and-Out restaurant in El Cajon and shot and seriously wounded the diner, police said.
After shooting Henwood, White drove to his 48th Street apartment and was killed by police, who said they opened fire when 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 his 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, he grew up in Texas and later became a U.S. citizen.
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