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Corporal Dennis James Lyden | Horry County Police Department, South Carolina Horry County Police Department, South Carolina


Dennis James Lyden

Horry County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, June 5, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 353

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Corporal Lyden was shot and killed during a vehicle stop of a suspicious vehicle on State Highway 544 in the early morning hours.

As Corporal Lyden talked with the two suspects, he was attacked and beaten with a flashlight. One of the suspects then shot him with his own weapon as he lay on the ground. Both suspects were arrested within two days of the incident and charged with murder.

In June 2001, the shooter was found guilty and sentenced to death. The accomplice was acquitted of the murder charges.
Corporal Lyden had been in law enforcement for nine years, and had been with the Horry County Police Department for five years.

He is survived by his wife.

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I remember that day still and think of you often. You will never be forgotten, Brother. Please continue to watch over us.

Jeb (former HCPD #430 from 1996-2003)

LCpl Jeb B
October 1, 2016


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