Police Officer Shoots, Kills Stabbing Suspect

An officer is under investigation and a central Kentucky woman fights for her life after an incident that left a man dead and sent two of his family members to the hospital.

It happened just before seven on Monday morning on Turpin Drive in Richmond.

Richmond police say Richard Henderson stabbed his mother, 76-year-old Sara Henderson, and his sister, 47-year-old Brenda Henderson.

When a police officer got to the scene, he says Richard Henderson was still holding the knife. The officer says Henderson wouldn't listen to a commands to drop his weapon, instead, he kept walking towards the officer.

The police officer, who has not been identified, says Henderson threatened him, so he used his gun to shoot Henderson once in the torso. Henderson later died from his injury.

Both Sara and Brenda Henderson were taken to UK Medical Center. Brenda was treated and released. Sara is listed in serious condition.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police are helping with the investigation.

The officer involved in the shooting is currently on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. That is standard procedure after every police involved shooting.


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  • by ralph Location: campton on Jun 30, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    This man should NOT have been killed.......the police have lots of other ways to control a person.........bad.......bad....control your fofficer's.............
  • by Samantha Location: Richmond on Jun 15, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    Ok Sam. No one will help you when you odn't have the money to get help. Try being mentally handicapped and poor and go anywhere to see someone. They require a downpayment or insurance. The officer could have shot him in the arm or something and if that didn't work, then shoot to kill. They should have given him a chance to serve his time and to sobber up to know what he did. No one even really knows why he did it and now they never will because are trained to shoot to kill and ask questions later. He would have taken responsibility for his actions in a different way IF he was still alive. He knew he done wrong after he done it because he was crying and screaming about what he done after he done it. And don't call me crazy. I just lost a loved one who, yes, I am going to defend til the end. You didn't know him like I did. And no that doesnt give him the right but try having mental problems and see how well you think all the time. He loved his mom more than anything. Tell me why he did it
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jun 15, 2008 at 02:40 AM
    @Samantha Location: Richmond If you really need help call a state mental health facility and tell them your feeling suicidal or homcidal, if they dont send the police call them yourself and Im sure theyll have you either in close obs and you get to see a jail nurse or ship you to a state health facility if they think your legitly in need of at least 3 days of observation by a trained staff of psychiatry majors.
  • by Sam Location: Richmond on Jun 13, 2008 at 04:16 PM
    Samantha, are you serious? It wasn't his fault? You must be as crazy as he was. People need to start taking responsibilities for their actions! He may very well have had mental problems. That does not give him the right to attempt murder. Maybe the situation could have ended peacefully had he not come after the officer. Then maybe he could have gone to jail, served his time, and gotten help. What happened though IS his fault and nobody else's. He took that knife and stabbed two people. Sorry it ended this way but that was his choice. There are plenty of ways to get help. This was NOT one of them.
  • by Samantha Location: Richmond on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    He wasn't a thug. He was a great guy who had mental problems. I grew up around him. For you all to run your mouths about him is wrong. Yeah he shouldn't have done what he done but he needed help and no one would give it to him. It's wasn't his fault. He NEEDED HELP!
  • by J Location: Richmond on Jun 12, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    To Monica...did you even read the story? Its a 44 year old man not a 17 year old boy.
  • by Nomatter on Jun 11, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    No matter what kind of violent, dangerous, thug is killed by police you always have some idiots on here saying the police should not have shot him. Unless you all were there you do not know what happened. Every idiot has to get on here and say someone was a nice guy.
  • by b Location: FLOYD on Jun 11, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    (THE OFFICER IS UNDER INVESTIGATION)... Sure there is an investigation. But the media makes it sound like he is guilty before the investigation is done. Come on just report the story, dont make things sound like something they are not..
  • by KJ Location: Richmond on Jun 11, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    This is to T or anyone else that thinks the officer used excessive force: The man had already stabbed his mother and sister what was going to stop him from going after the officer he obviously had nothing to lose at this point and would not have waited for one minute to stab him. The officer had no other choice. I know that if someone were coming at me with a large knife I would not have had time to stop and think oh let me try to shoot the knife out of his hand or try to stop him in some other way... he did what he was trained to do and that is what he did. Good Job to the Policofficer. I do pray for all the victims. It is very hard on the officer knowing that you have taken another persons life but they had no other choice.
  • by Monica Location: Richmond on Jun 11, 2008 at 02:05 PM
    Why were they saying "A MAN" did this. It was a 17 year old BOY. They should have shot him in the leg or anywhere else to get him down and then took him to a mental hospital to help him. RPD did this b/c he was black and b/c of where he lived!!!!! Its a shame that we can't trust those who are supposed to protect us. They killed a child that day, and they will have to live with that!

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