John Wesley 'Bud' Hennigar
Richmond Police Department
Wednesday, October 22, 1924

Age: 31
Served: 3 years
Badge #:
Panel 63E, Line 8
Panel L1, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, October 21, 1924

Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
National Road near New Westville, Ohio
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Earlham Cemetery, Richmond

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   Patrolman John Hennigar died from injuries he suffered the previous day when he was intentionally struck by a suspect who was being pursued into Ohio on the National Road.

   He and his partner, who was riding in the sidecar, attempted to stop a subject for transporting liquor and then fled.

   The man drove his vehicle into their police motorcycle just east of New Westville, Ohio, causing injuries to Patrolman Hennigar who died the following day at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond.

   The 26-year-old suspect was arrested the next day and charged with second-degree murder in Preble County, Ohio, where he was subsequently acquitted.

   Patrolman Hennigar was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Historical Note

• Patrolman Hennigar is one of eight Indiana line of duty death incidents that occurred in another state.

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