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Patrolman David Bannister | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

David Bannister

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 3, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 6/3/1974

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Patrolman David Bannister was killed in an automobile accident while chasing a juvenile suspect. The suspect had taken his father's car without permission. During the chase the suspect slammed on the brakes, causing Patrolman Bannister to swerve to avoid a collision.

As Patrolman Bannister swerved his vehicle struck the median of a divided road, a low rock wall erected around planters. His cruiser slid along the top of the wall and flipped, causing a fatal head injury.

Patrolman Bannister was survived by his wife and daughter.

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It's hard to believe that it has been 40 years ago that David were killed in the line of duty. I want you to know that my son Chris nasmed his son after you as he knew how much David meant to me and the family. Espen David Sande was born 30 years aster your death and will be 10 years old on July 13th.

I want to thank my other brothers, Dickie and Michael. for attending the memorial every year and keeping me updated as I live in Washington state.

Brenda Bannister Simpson
Sister
May 26, 2014

Brenda Simpson
Sister
May 26, 2014

 

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