A local officer stopped Henderson for his loud muffler and a plate that belonged on another car. The officer had been patrolling solo for only four days. When Henderson went to retrieve his paperwork from the glove box, the officer mistook, he said, a cologne bottle for the butt of a gun, and fatally shot him. The officer was booked for criminally negligent homicide but ultimately acquitted.

ID: 1645

Victms Name: John Eric Henderson
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Race: African-American/Black

City: Chattanooga
County: Hamilton
State: TN
Zip Code: 37404
Country: United States of America

Agency: Chattanooga Police Department

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Circumstances surrounding mental health: A local officer stopped Henderson for his loud muffler and a plate that belonged on another car. The officer had been patrolling solo for only four days. When Henderson went to retrieve his paperwork from the glove box, the officer mistook, he said, a cologne bottle for the butt of a gun, and fatally shot him. The officer was booked for criminally negligent homicide but ultimately acquitted.

Symptoms of mental health: No

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