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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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Well last time I was writing you I found out I was pregnant and now I have an almost 5 month old! It's crazy how time flys. Wish you could be here to see Tyce grow but I know you are watching over him everyday! Tyce and I love you very much ❤️❤️❤️

Taylor McElderry
Youngest daughter
September 29, 2015


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