Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington

Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1979

Dennis E. Bennington

Officer Dennis Bennington and Officer Robert Seiffert were shot and killed during a traffic stop of man with an aggravated robbery warrant. As Officer Bennington approached the suspect from the side Officer Seiffert approached from the rear. The suspect shot Officer Bennington in the chest and fired over his shoulder as he got back in his car, striking Officer Seiffert in the head as he dove for cover.

Officer Bennington was able to stand back up and return fire, striking the suspect in the head and killing him. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Bennington had served with the agency for 9.5 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years, 6 months
  • Badge P082

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 46 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 6, 2018

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