Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 14 years
Badge # 2062
Incident Date: 5/22/2001
Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber
Suspect: Committed suicide
Deputy Joseph Dennis was shot and killed by a suspect after responding to a domestic disturbance between a brother and sister.
The brother had taken the sister's car the previous night and had returned it with damage the next morning. Deputy Dennis encountered the suspect several blocks away and while attempting to arrest him, a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Deputy Dennis was able to get a handcuff on the suspect, but the man was able to grab a concealed handgun and shot Deputy Dennis in the head. Deputy Dennis was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect fled the scene but was arrested later in the afternoon with the handcuff still on his wrist and Deputy Dennis' weapon in his possession.
The suspect was sentenced to death for the murder on December 6, 2001. On January 29, 2008, the suspect committed suicide in his cell while awaiting his execution date.
Deputy Dennis had been employed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for 14 years, and is survived by his wife, who is also a deputy, a son, a daughter, and his parents.