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Dallas SWAT Officer Shoots and Kills Chef Travis Henderson

I just received word from Tracey Evers of the Dallas Restaurant Association: former chef and co-owner of The Place at Perry’s, Travis Henderson, was killed earlier this morning in Carrollton by a member of the Dallas SWAT team. The news of Henderson’s death is heartbreaking. Henderson was a devoted, hard-working chef. While he was chef at The Place at Perry’s, he was in constant contact with the media and promoted the restaurant and his co-workers with great pride. Henderson was the creator of one of the best chicken-fried steaks in Dallas. He was a lovely person and his talent will be missed. R.I.P, dear Travis. Dallas will not be the same without you.

  • Phil

    “Shortly before midnight, Henderson, 52, exited his car and pointed a handgun at officers, Walton said. Dallas SWAT officer Samuel McDonnold then shot and killed him, he said.”
    You have to click on the link to read the entire story. That’s what was reported. You know they don’t release video of stuff like this until they’ve had time to review everything. I’m sure they will in time. I’m not a cop, and don’t have anything to do with cops. I do understand depression and have thoughts of suicide every day. I’m positive the guy committed suicide via forcing the cops to shoot him.

  • Ryan

    Its understandable that people are grieving. But to blame is cops and SWAT for his actions and the resulting effects is irresponsible.

  • Jack MacDonald

    I worked forTravis at the old SAMs Cafe and he was an inspiration. Always upbeat and wanting to teach us something. He will be missed, truly a sad day.

  • Julia

    I’ve been reading through several articles…what troubles me most about this ghastly tragedy is that he went to a church.Not a mall, where he planned to harm countless people, not a school, not anywhere alone. A church. No one at that church where they were holding an event, could comfort and council him and get him to a hospital/psych facility, without calling in a SWAT team? Churches used to be sanctuaries. If he was that depressed, and I repeat IF, he wouldn’t have gone to a church for solace. He went to talk to God. Where were the church leaders? Why wasn’t anyone there for him, in a house of God, that could have headed off this horrible horrible tragedy? The police dept. certainly overreacted, even if there were people on lockdown inside. But if he was at that location for several hours, there should have been opportunity for someone to minister to him. I pray that he had some comfort before he was taken from his family and friends.

  • Justin

    Connie. If you ain’t got nothing nice to say then shut the hell up. This ain’t the blame game.

  • Dana Atchley Hall

    I have just this morning learned of this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to the family of this fallen man. It is hard not to look for blame, but I also feel very sadly for the officer who fired that shot, along with his fellow teammates who do place their lives in danger everyday to ensure the safety of the public. It is absolutely certain that the officer who made the fatal shot has a very, very heavy heart today.

    In 2010 God started a ministry through us, his workers, to help those who have psychiatric and substance abuse issues, or just plain “life problems.” Throughout most person’s lifetime is a point at which a crisis occurs for which there may not be a solution in the view of the person. Our small ministry is called, “Living in Divine Assurance,” and we are located in Greenville, Tx.

    We feel that it is time, in this increasingly difficult world in which we live, to address emergency psychiatric and substance abuse issues through other than the usual legal system. The writer above who called for “police intervention crisis teams” in right on point. We visualize a time when cities will recognize the need for this type of assistance which can not only protect the public, but also the person who is suffering. The City of Dallas does have this for situations not involving weapons. Can we not further develop an approach to mental problems that assist rather than denegrate, humiliate, segregate, isolate or even destroy those afflicted?

    We pray that we can. Look how far our society has come in technology; now let’s help our suffering people.

    And we pray, in Jesus’ name, not only for the family of this precious man, but as well as for the officer(s) involved. May God help them greatly in the coming days. Amen.

    Dana Atchley Hall
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