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Officer Dennis Frank Webb | San Fernando Police Department, California San Fernando Police Department, California

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Dennis Frank Webb

San Fernando Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 24, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Dennis Webb was shot and killed while questioning a man who met the description of an armed robbery suspect.

The robbery had occurred approximately 90 minutes earlier at a local convenience store. During the questioning the man shot and killed Officer Webb and then stole his patrol car, abandoning it in a nearby park. Backup officers located Officer Webb and transported him to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Webb's murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Webb was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the San Fernando Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.

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I was in LASD Academy Class 178 with Dennis. I nicknamed him "Cookie" like the character on T V show 77th Sunset Strip played by actor Ed Burns. He combed his hair a lot & after P T would look in the mirror & say mirror mirror on the wall who's the best looking cop of us all". After graduation we all went to work our respective agencies. Dennis was the first of three Academy classmates to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I was shocked and saddened when I learned of his death 41/2 years after graduating. If anything his death meant was my attention to " officer safety". In 1984, while on duty in full uniform I had to use deadly force on a felony suspect, killing him. I have never had regrets and it was the deaths of my classmates that strengthened my officer training skills. Dennis, you, Howard Huang & Jack Miller are memorialized on my wall of fallen officers, relatives and friends who have since passed. I don't forget people I had the privilege of knowing & calling them friends. Because you're a stranger only once.

Police Officer
Los Angeles County Housing Authority Police/Academy Classmate
May 5, 2017

 

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