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Officer James E Hendricks

End of Watch : December 15, 1963

Minneapolis Police Department

Minneapolis PD
Died December 15, 1963

On Sunday, December 15th, at 9:00 p.m., Officers Chester Langaard and James Hendricks responded to 3025 Portland Avenue, the first floor apartment of a four-plex. A neighbor had reported that she had heard gunshots in the next apartment, followed by silence, then some more gunshots and then a woman moaning.

As Hendricks entered the apartment, Auburn Hare, 32, shot Hendricks with a .25 caliber revolver. Officer Langaard, who was behind Hendricks, shot Hare. Hare was shot in his upper arm and chest and also sustained a facial cut. Officer Hendricks was shot three times and was dead on arrival at General Hospital. Two people in the apartment were also critically injured. Mrs. Agnes Winje, 49, a window cleaner, who was separated from her husband, was shot in the chest and abdomen. Police said she was shot before they entered the apartment. Hare was charged and convicted of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Hendricks was 45 years old. He had been with the Minneapolis PD for four years. He was hired on January 8th, 1960. He was survived by his wife, Betty, and two daughters, Kathy, 12, and Jill, 10. His funeral was held on Wednesday, December 18th, at Calvary Lutheran Church and he was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.