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Private First Class Dennis Elisha LaPage | Charleston Police Department, South Carolina Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

Private First Class

Dennis Elisha LaPage

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, January 19, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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PFC Dennis LaPage was shot and killed by a suspect who went on a shooting spree following a three car accident he was involved in at Cannon Street and Courenay Drive.

The accident occurred in front of a hospital helicopter landing pad. Two flight medics who were eating at a nearby restaurant witnessed the accident and ran to the scene to offer assistance. As they checked the victims, the suspect reached back into his car and retrieved a handgun. He then opened fire striking both flight medics, killing one.

The suspect then fled the scene and encountered PFC LaPage, who was working a uniformed off-duty security job at a private college dorm. Thinking PFC LaPage was searching for him, the suspect immediately opened fire, striking him in the head, back, and elbow. The suspect continued to fire several more shots before being apprehended by police on Meeting street. PFC LaPage was wearing a protective vest at the time.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison October 23, 2002.

PFC LaPage had been employed with the Charleston Police Department for seven years, and is survived by his wife and two step-children.

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You ran across my mind today. It seems like yesterday you, me and Omar were standing around talking about a million different things. You left us way too soon. I know that God must have needed you and you are in a better place. Please know that we think of you often and you will never be forgotten. May God bless your family and keep them safe.

Captain Kevin Boyd, Retired
Charleston Police Department
February 14, 2016


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