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Jul. 18, 1942
Caucasian Male / 55 yrs. of age
Tifton Police Dept.
Chief of Police
Homicide - Gun
On The Job:
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Sat. Jul. 18, 1942
Chief Joseph Henderson and Patrolman Mercer Denby were shot and killed by a drunken soldier Patrolman Denby had arrested. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Denby's weapon and shot him. The suspect then fled into the streets and started to fire the gun randomly.
Chief Henderson was shot when he rushed to the scene to assist Patrolman Denby. Patrolman Denby succumbed to his wounds 6 weeks later.
The suspect was sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair at Reidsville State Prison on May 28, 1943.
Chief Henderson had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.