HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A disturbance at a Huntington restaurant and bar leads to police shooting and killing a suspect.

The incident started about 12:30 Saturday morning when Cabell County 911 received a call of a man brandishing a weapon in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue. Police responded, but found no suspects. But an hour later, police received a second call and responded to the Ranchito Mexican Bar and Grill in the same area.

A Huntington Police officer and State Trooper entered the restaurant and found several people in a heated arguement. One of the individuals, Robert Henderson, 37, had a gun plainly visible. Police repeatedly ordered Henderson to not move, but he refused to comply. He was shot by the Huntington Police officer.

Henderson was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Comments

  • Dukie

    Lesson #1: Comply with a police officer's requests. To do differently usually doesn't turn out well for the perp. End of story..........

  • any major dude

    Do you know that the gun was on the table? If your gun is showing and you fail to comply with an officer and you're raising hell, how can you blame the officer?
    The suspect's gun may even have been registered to him. Maybe he was even a law-abiding citizen exercising his Second Amendment rights. But he crossed the line from being a gun-bearing law-abiding citizen to being a suspect by not complying.

  • Academy Grad

    Having been in a situation where I, to this day, question whether the decision to pull the trigger or not pull the trigger was right, I know how a little bit about how this officer feels. It is outlandish to judge an officer for actions that you: (1) have no intimate knowledge of, (2) have little or no legal knowledge of, (3) have never experienced, and lastly (4) can't understand. I say I know a little bit about how he feels because no two situations are ever the same. Because of this phenomenon, it makes it completely unrealistic to make any judgement based on a news article. If any of you endanger the lives of others around you, in the presence of a police officer, while being told to stop, your refusal will be greeted with force that is equal to or greater than that which you are brandishing. The officer, if the above is true, acted accordingly and within the scope of his training. His oath is to protect; sometimes that involves taking a life to protect others. The saddest part of this story, from what I can tell, is that a police officer now has to go to bed each night, and wake up each morning carrying the weight of having taken a man's life. Regardless of how "right" the officer may be, it is still a very heavy burden to bear. Trust me. The family of the deceased, and the officer (and his work/home family) are in my prayers.

    • Dumb Liberals

      "Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6" is a quote well worth remembering. How interesting it becomes watching all the untrained individuals pass judgment upon an officer's split second decision. His/Her's knowledge of that moment in time is based upon repetitive training and developed skills. Unless you have worn the badge, walked the walk, and lived the life, no one knows the stress or mental pressure EVERY encounter brings with it. It is very interesting to watch the ignorant layman dissect something they, in most cases, will never be exposed too (Thank GOD for that.)

  • knows

    any major dude are u a police officer?? u sound like one. u said "the status of the SUSPECT changed" that's what all police think. every one is either a suspect or a future one. police might as well work for an insurance company because they only fill out paperwork (police report) after accidents or for the coroner after someone gets killed. when have they actually protected someone before major stuff happens and they are just there to clean up mess....

    • BH

      Arresting someone for DUI is a preventive measure to protect the public.

  • knows

    1st off......no i have never been arrested and yes i do own guns but haven't u noticed most police now days have major attitude problem. no matter what happens or how hard they give it to u after they bent u over the hood the did it "to protect the public". GIVE ME JUST 1 REAL example where they really did that

    • hillbilly

      How many times have you read where police stops someone for speeding, only to get shot? This is why they are very wary of people with weapons..

    • GRIFF

      Police have to deal with more drugged up people now than ever before. People are not being respectful. Why should police play patty-cake with them??

  • any major dude

    Do you know that the gun was on the table? If your gun is showing and you fail to comply with an officer and you're raising hell, how can you blame the officer?
    The suspect's gun may even have been registered to him. Maybe he was even a law-abiding citizen exercising his Second Amendment rights. But he crossed the line from being a gun-bearing law-abiding citizen to being a suspect by not complying. The status of the suspect changed but the gun remained the same.

  • knows

    guy probably drunk and while gun was visible it was probably laying on table. poor bastard probably didn't even have it in his hand. while yes there are bad ppl the police act as though every one is bin laden. .......oh what the hell just kill the poor bastard there are plenty more where he came from he had a gun. WT?

    • Jonus Grumby

      "...it was probably laying on table. poor bastard probably didn't even have it in his hand.."


      Probably...probably...That means you don't really know, do you? Care to try again?

  • Momma Karstens

    Ah Gary. If only you weren't born before Roe vs Wade.

  • webster county man

    What's a yeeeeesh?

  • Gary Karstens

    Another story of an instrument of death causing darkness. YEESH!

    This time the owner of the instrument of death had it out in the heat of the moment, and police were given no alternative. Just think if this man had not had any access to this instrument of death. He may have been alive today.

    More guns, more darkness. YEESH!

    • GRIFF

      just think if he hadn't been at the bar at 1am wouldnt he still be alive. close all the bars

    • Jonus Grumby

      Nice try, but his failure to follow the orders of the police caused his death. If he decides to heed the commands of the officers not to move, he's out on bail instead of holding up a toe tag in the morgue.

  • Jonus Grumby

    Suggestion to those with firearms: When the police give you instructions, follow them to the letter lest you be given a .40 caliber enema.

  • Dumb Liberals

    No this is the way "community policing" is supposed to work. One less piece of garbage in the community.

    • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

      I see you are still on your population control rant. You need to check your credentials.

    • Dr Sarcasm

      That will be their argument when they come after us!

      • Silas Lynch

        Dr: I am most confident you are right.