Police Officer Robert (Bob) Heinle Missoula Police Department Montana End of Watch: Friday, February 12, 2010 Biographical Info Age: 47 Tour of Duty: 7 years Badge Number: Not available Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Wednesday, October 21, 1998 Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type Suspect Info: Sentenced to life Officer Bob Heinle succumbed to complications from a gunshot wound suffered 11 years earlier. On October 21, 1998, he had responded to a local bank after receiving reports of a man attempting to cash a forged check. When he arrived at the location he located the man outside and chased him on foot when the man fled. A short distance away the man opened fire, striking Officer Heinle once in the neck. The wound caused Officer Heinle to become paralyzed from the neck down. He continued to suffer complications from the wound and passed away as a result of those complications on February 12, 2010. The man shot shot Officer Heinle was convicted of several charges after the initial shooting, including attempted murder, and was sentenced to life in prison. At the time of the shooting, Officer Heinle had served with the Missoula Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife. Agency Contact Information Missoula Police Department 435 Ryman Street Missoula, MT 59802 Phone: (406) 552-6300 Please contact the Missoula Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.