The San Diego Police Department and San Diego community is remembering fallen Officer Jeremy Henwood Sunday, five years after being shot and fatally wounded.
On August 7, 2011, Henwood purchased a meal for a young boy at the McDonald's at 3879 Fairmount Ave., got back in his car and was stopped at a red light in a marked police cruiser when a suicidal young man pulled up alongside him on University Avenue at 45th Street and opened fire with a .12-gauge shotgun.
The 36-year-old Canadian-born officer, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, died in a hospital early the next day.
About a half-hour after Henwood was mortally wounded, police shot and killed the assailant when he allegedly reached for the weapon after they confronted him near his apartment, a few blocks from the site of the slaying.
This past week, San Diego grieved Officer Jonathan De Guzman after he was shot and killed in the Southcrest community.
A memorial ceremony and free barbeque will take place Monday to honor Officer Henwood and Officer De Guzman at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park. It takes place from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Donations are not required, but the public is welcome to bring cash or check donations to benefit the San Diego Police Officers Association Widows and Orphans Fund. More information on the event can be found here.