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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Norman Dennis | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Joseph Norman Dennis

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 2062

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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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.

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While this may sound crazy, I recall and remember vividly each one of the brave men and women who were slain by senseless criminal acts. Joe's death was one I remember more so. I remember his death mostly due to the cowardly act of his killer who tried killing himself while taking us out on a walk through the crime scene area.

The crazy thing is I listen to lots of Beatle songs and every time I hear "In My Life" I recall my friends and miss them still. No one more than the other but I can only say I loved working with them and continue to get teary eyed!

God bless his family and all those still wearing the badge!

Senior Deputy (Retired)
HCSO Gang Intelligence
May 22, 2015

 

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