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Officer Philip Michael Pennington | Prince William County Police Department, Virginia Prince William County Police Department, Virginia


Philip Michael Pennington

Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, November 22, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 209

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Officer Pennington was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day after he and other officers responded to the home of a man who had shot a county sheriff's deputy.

Officer Pennington and his fellow SWAT officers were called to the home in Dale City, where the suspect had fled after shooting the deputy. When the team entered the home they were confronted by the man holding a pistol. Officer Pennington tried to talk the suspect into putting down the pistol but the man opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Pennington.

Officer Pennington had been shot and wounded in an unrelated drug raid 11 months earlier.

Officer Pennington had served with the agency for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Five years after the shooting his wife was sworn in as a Prince William County police officer. Philip Michael Pennington Elementary School in Manassas is named for the fallen officer.

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Not many months go by .....and I find myself thinking of you. Although it was 100 years ago; the friendship in High School and at NVCC (Police Admin) often crosses my mind. I found myself back in Virginia and in Manassas a couple of weeks back; I explained to my Wife that your (service) at the Church was as difficult as it was when I buried my Father at ANC. I can't begin to explain; but from the True Kindness in your heart has left a great mark on mine.

Rest In Peace my friend...........

WD Jones
FAXCO / Friend
December 27, 2014


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