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Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wayne Bryant | Benton County Sheriff's Department, Washington Benton County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Dennis Wayne Bryant

Benton County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Monday, April 22, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Killed in crash

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Deputy Bryant was killed by a drunk driver who was driving with his head lights turned off. Deputy Bryant was responding to backup another deputy who was pursuing a domestic assault suspect. The drunk driver had just left a local bar after being involved in an altercation and had turned off his lights after seeing the first deputy's patrol car, fearing he would be arrested.

The drunk driver struck Deputy Bryan's vehicle head-on and both men were killed. Toxicology reports showed that the driver had a BAC of .10 and had smoked marijuana shortly before the incident.

Deputy Bryant had served with the agency for almost 4 years and had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.

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Deputy Bryant had a K9 partner Hasso, who survived the crash though slightly injured, and was re-assigned to another Deputy, though he never forgot Dennis. Dennis was so excited when he was selected to receive a K9 partner and he loved his job and had such a positive attitude. His family and his job were his passions. Dennis and Hasso visited us often at the 9-1-1 dispatch center and he was missed very much. Over 1000 people attend his funeral, including law enforcement officer's from all over Washington and surrounding States and myself and fellow dispatchers. He still crosses my mind from time to time which is how I found this site.

former 9-1-1 Dispatcher
SouthEast Communications Center
January 15, 2016


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