Dallas chef killed by SWAT team at Carrollton church

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Posted on February 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 25 at 11:25 PM

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CARROLLTON — A well-known Dallas chef and restaurateur is dead following a tense standoff with police late Friday night.

Carrollton police said the suspect, 52-year-old Travis Henderson of Carrollton, had reportedly been involved in a family disturbance, was found in a car with a gun outside the Valley View Christian Church, 17601 Marsh Lane.

The Dallas police SWAT team was called in at 9:12 p.m. to try and talk Henderson into surrendering after the first units heard a noise believed to be a gun shot. Investigators said the suspect had indicated he had planned to harm himself.

Dallas police spokesman Lt. James Walton said Dallas police negotiators made contact with the suspect.  But then — at 11:45 p.m. — Henderson exited the car brandishing a handgun.

"A Dallas SWAT officer, fearing for his safety, discharged his firearm," Lt. Walton said in a written statement. "The suspect was struck and died at the scene."

Henderson was the longtime chef at Newport's Seafood in the Dallas West End and was owner of The Place at Perry's in Uptown Dallas. He left Perry's in 2010 and had been working as a restaurant consultant.

Debbie Henderson told News 8 her husband was a good man and a loving father who had struggled with depression for years.

"I wish I could have done more," she said.

Dallas police identified the officer who fired the fatal shot as SWAT Senior Cpl. Samuel McDonnold, and Dallas will be handling the investigation of the shooting.

 

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