Police have released video from a McDonald’s security camera that shows a police officer’s final act of kindness shortly before he was killed in a random act of violence.
The video clip shows Officer Jeremy Henwood paying for a 10-year-old boy’s meal at a McDonald’s restaurant in the San Diego, California, neighbourhood that he patrolled.
Several minutes after Mr Henwood left the McDonald’s, 23-year-old Dejon White pulled up behind his patrol car in a black Audi and flashed his lights.
Mr Henwood pulled over and White pulled alongside, rolled down his passenger-side window and shot the officer in the head with a shotgun.
The incident happened on Saturday August 6.
Mr Henwood died from his injuries the next day, Fox 5 San Diego reports.
At a candlelight memorial for Mr Henwood last Thursday night, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne told attendees that Henwood’s last act of kindness showed what sort of man he was.
Mr Lansdowne said: ‘The boy had some coins in his hand. Jeremy couldn’t make out how much, but it was clear that he didn’t have enough for the food that he wanted.
‘Without a word a word being spoken, Jeremy bought the food and handed it to him.’
White fled after mortally wounding Henwood, but police tracked him down a short time later and killed him when he tried to flee.
After searching White’s apartment, police said that they found a two-page suicide note.
Investigators have said that they can determine no motive for the shooting of the police officer.
Before the weekend’s shooting White was described as a ‘petty criminal’, and he had previously resisted arrest and performed minor thefts.
The suicide letter did not inform readers as to how he was going to kill himself, or for what reasons, however he was linked to another shooting on Saturday–before Mr Henwood was shot dead.
Outside an In-N-Out Burger restaurant located in El Cajon, 14 miles away from where the police officer was gunned down, Martin Hanna was shot at point-blank range–while in his car sitting with his girlfriend–with a shotgun.
Police were trying to determine whether there was any link between White and Mr Hanna, who is expected to recover, though he is still in a critical condition.
The alleged shooter is then believed to have sped away in an Audi car and he was travelling so quickly that he caught the attention of a patrol car, who gave chase yet was unable to keep up with the vehicle, which was reported to have been moving at over 100 miles per hour.
Witnesses to Mr Henwood’s shooting used the dying officer’s radio to call for assistance and performed first aid until paramedics arrived and took him to hospital.
Mr Henwood, who leaves behind his parents, a brother and a sister, was also a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and had recently returned from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.
He had been serving in the police force for four years and was the second San Diego officers to die in action in only 10 months.
In October last year Christopher Wilson, a 17-year department veteran, was killed in a shoot-out, along with two other people.
The 50-year-old father-of-two was the first San Diego officer to be killed in the line of duty in more than six years.