San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, was shot and fatally wounded while he was stopped in his patrol car at a traffic light on August 6, 2011. Several minutes earlier, the shooter had randomly approached a customer getting into a car at a local fast-food restaurant and shot him in the face with a shotgun. Moments after fleeing the scene, the vehicle was observed by a gang unit officer from a neighboring city driving at a high rate of speed on I-8. The officer, who was unaware of the shooting, gave chase briefly before the pursuit was called off due to high speeds.
Minutes after the pursuit ended, the vehicle pulled behind Officer Henwood’s patrol car and flashed its lights several times. When Officer Henwood pulled into the right lane the driver of the vehicle pulled alongside him and immediately opened fire on him with the shotgun, striking him in the head. Several bystanders rushed to the aid of the officer and used his radio to alert the police dispatcher. Officer Henwood was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital where he died of his wounds the next morning, August 7, 2011.