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Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry | Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff

Dennis Ray McElderry

Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Friday, January 3, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 26-3

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 12 years

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Deputy Dennis McElderry was struck and killed by a patrol car after deploying stop sticks during a high-speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 63 just north of Bloomfield, Iowa, shortly before midnight.

The suspect, who was being chased, later turned himself in and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. The suspect was convicted of charges related to Deputy McElderry's death and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Deputy McElderry had been employed with the Davis County Sheriff's Department for four years, and he is survived by his three children, fiancee, parents, and two sisters.

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Boy oh boy dad, I have some news for you. Couple weeks ago I found out that I'm going to be a mamma. Although I'm sure if you we're here I would get the "I'm not mad I'm disappointed speech." Don't worry I already played out how that would have went. Crazy thing was, I would have been more nervous for grandma and grandpas reaction. Which surprisingly wasn't as bad as I imagined. Which means there's no way you could be upset, I'm giving you your first grandbaby. Kind of weird to say it sucks that you won't be around to watch he or she grow. But as you already know, I'll talk to world of you and often so it will be like they already know you. Don't worry, I will jeep you update every step of the way and be sure to drop off some pictures for you. I love and miss you everyday.

Taylor McElderry
youngest daughter
September 27, 2014


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