Officer Jeremy Henwood of the San Diego Police Department was also a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who had just returned from a one year deployment in Afghanistan — he had also served two tours in Iraq. Coming home proved to be more dangerous than his service in war zones.
In August of 2011 he was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car at a traffic light. The shooter, 23 year-old Dejon Marquee White, pulled up along side his car and shot him in the head with a shotgun. There was no provocation, he simply wanted to die and had decided to commit ‘suicide by cop.’ He got his wish, a short time later police tracked him down and he was killed in a shootout.
What was not known at the time of Officer Henwood’s death was that only minutes before he had stopped at a McDonald’s nearby to get something to eat and while he was there he had performed a random act of kindness for a young boy who he had never met before.
While standing at the counter in that McDonald’s he was approached by 13 year-old Davian Tinsley who asked if he could get a dime to buy some cookies. Officer Henwood took out his wallet and bought the cookies for him, asking him what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Davian says that he told him that he wanted to be an NBA star to which Henwood replied, “Well you’ve got to work hard for that.”
Three minutes later Henwood was dead.
The video below shows the surveillance camera footage of Henwoods act of kindness to a child he didn’t even know.
h/t: God Vine