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Sergeant Dennis Warren Finch | Traverse City Police Department, Michigan Traverse City Police Department, Michigan


Dennis Warren Finch

Traverse City Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 13, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 30 years

Badge # 212

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/12/1998

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Finch died of gunshot wounds sustained the previous day by a man who had armed himself with two rifles and two pistols on his porch. Sergeant Finch had been negotiating with the suspect for over an hour when the suspect opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, striking Sergeant Finch numerous times. Sergeant Finch was admitted to the hospital where died the next morning at 10:30 am.

The suspect was shot and wounded in the initial gunfight but barricaded himself in his house for 10 hours before giving up. He was convicted of murdering Sergeant Finch and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Sergeant Finch had served with the Traverse City Police Department for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, grandchild, mother, and 10 siblings.

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Denny, you were a hero to those of us that worked with you. You were an amazing leader and a true support to all of us. You had the greatest stories (along with Butch) from the "old days". I went to DC and traced your name, but you will never be forgotten. You were so loved and you are so missed.

Kara OKeefe
October 17, 2016


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