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


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

Weapon: Not available

Offender: 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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David Bannister is my father and I cannot express how touched I am to find this web page and read the reflections of how he is still missed and remembered. Though I was only 3 when he died, I have fond memories of him, and am so proud to know how many lives he touched. Thank you for your reflections, they have really touched my heart.

Mechelle Bannister

Daughter of David Bannister
November 11, 2015


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