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Bragg soldier killed in gunfight with Virginia police

Posted December 19, 2011

— A Fort Bragg soldier died Saturday after exchanging gunfire with police in Virginia during a traffic stop, authorities said Monday.

Hopewell deputies stopped a speeding 2000 Nissan Altima on southbound Interstate 295 at about 10:10 a.m., but the driver sped away, prompting a brief pursuit, authorities said. After about 2 miles, the driver stopped, jumped out of the car and confronted two deputies.

The man, identified as Army Pfc. Robert L. Henderson III, 21, fired upon the deputies, who then returned fire, wounding him, authorities said.

Henderson was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va., where he died.

One deputy suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The second deputy was not injured.

The Virginia State Police were called in to investigate the shooting.

Henderson, of Reisterstown, Md., was a supply clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, according to Fort Bragg officials.


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  • go po-po Dec 20, 2011

    What a shame. When this kind of stuff happends who do you blame. Soldier against Soldier. What a shame.

  • parichar77 Dec 20, 2011

    I don't have enough time to read all of the postings, but where did this PTSD thing get started? All I read in the story was "soldier". I read nothing about him being a Vet. He was a Pfc. Don't you think he would have a higher rank if he had been on deployment and then returned?
    I mean no disrespect to any of our wonderful servicemen/women. I just hate to see people jump the gun with PTSD while there are many honorable Vets who actually do have PTSD and need help.

  • marymorris Dec 20, 2011

    PTSD is a horrible thing to suffer from.Believe me,it's not a crutch.I hope any one of our brave and underappreciated military seeks help when they return or their families help them to seek help if it's needed.There is NOTHING WRONG with seeking help.If more of the leaders would try to let the soldiers know that it's okay to seek help without holding it against them,then maybe more of these wonderful people wouldn't have to go through hell,be tormented and suffer in silence.The commandors and others over the soldiers say they don't hold it against them, but they do.I've seen too many good people be passed over for promotions,not get good assignments to good places,etc because they have gone to counselling.My father was a marine until he passed away and my ex was a specialist in the army.Also being from a very military city (Colorado Springs, Co)I've seen what things like this in a person's file can do.I hope more people will encourage our heros to seek help not blame them.

  • clmyspots Dec 20, 2011

    I signed into this site just to comment on this post. I'm a clinical therapist and MSW and handle PTSD patients regularly. The manifestations displayed by this soldier are textbook diagnosis. This is my last post here.

  • Big D 87 Dec 20, 2011

    When,I joined the marine corp.We went through all kind of mental evaluations, why don't they do a test on every on coming back from the wars and hostile nations.This may not catch them all.But it could not hurt.Granted it would not help them all! But the few it would catch might save lives.I know that they get debriefed after, but maybee this is not enough.These men have seen some unimagineable things,and it is hard enough just to adapt to civilion life after. Please do more to help our returning military!

  • love2dostuff Dec 20, 2011

    cantstandgolomore- Nobody's using it as a crutch. You seem to know so much about it and took liberty to speak for him. You have no idea what was going through his mind while he was shooting....and neither do I. It could have been anything and you don't know any more than I do. As a supposed soldier, you should know that PTSD manifests itself differently in everybody.

    Incidently, I'm active duty U.S. Marine. And unlike soldiers, any Marine will tell you; "there's no such thing as a former Marine." Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi.

  • Nunya123 Dec 20, 2011

    love2dostuff - never said I was an expert. If I did, please quote where I said I was. Just sick of every time a "soldier" does something everyone is screaming PTSD, PTSD. Just another crutch for people to not take responsibility. As a supposedly ex-Marine, I'd think you'd be tired of it also or is that what you plan on using for an excuse next time you do something? "I'm a veteran of supply school, it isn't my fault".

  • dddowns10 Dec 20, 2011

    Im glad to hear the officer that gave his life for others will live to fight another day. He and his partner may be the only ones to come out of this with any sort of "PTSD". My thoughts and prayers go out to soldiers parents and love ones, I cant imagine what they are going through. I was enlisted in the marines from 02-06 toured Iraq and Afganistan. Still alot of questions un answered but it is hard to state whether the solder suffered from PTSD...Just to put my own 2 cents. Even if he did I don't think it justifies his actions for what he did.

  • BubbaDuke Dec 20, 2011

    There are all sorts of things that could set something like this off. The problem I have is when someone is characterized in these stories by their jobs rather than their motivations. If an ex-Viet Nam vet shoots someone, is that because he was a soldier at one time, or because he went to Viet Nam? What happened in his life since Viet Nam.

    Years from now we're going to see "Former Iraqi Vet Charged with Murder", even though the crime may have nothing to do with his time in service. It's not our jobs, or the color of our skin that makes us do what we do. It's our character and the decisions we make when we know right from wrong.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 20, 2011


    Maybe he had mommy or daddy issues too, lets throw that in there even though it has nothing to do with the story or has been reported.

    Lets all just make stuff up.