Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A San Diego cop's final act of kindness

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SAN DIEGO — A surveillance video at a City Heights McDonald’s shows the poignant encounter between a San Diego police officer and local boy minutes before the officer was shot and killed by a suicidal gunman.

The Aug. 6 tape, which police released Tuesday, shows Officer Jeremy Henwood walking up to the counter at 5:24 p.m. He appears to take awhile deciding what to order. Moments later, a boy sidles up to the counter beside him and appears to look at his police belt full of equipment. The boy smiles as he and the officer exchange words.

Henwood buys the boy cookies along with a meal for himself, all the while talking to the boy.

After getting a soda at the fountain, Henwood walks out of the frame at 5:28 p.m.

Four minutes later, the officer was shot while driving east on University Avenue near 45th Street. Police found the McDonald’s bag in his patrol car, the food inside still warm.

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