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Chief of Police John Fleetwood Dennis | Bonneau Police Department, South Carolina Bonneau Police Department, South Carolina

Chief of Police

John Fleetwood Dennis

Bonneau Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, February 3, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 9 years

Badge # B-1

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/3/1957

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Chief John Dennis was shot and killed while transporting two prisoners to the county jail. The two men had been arrested during a traffic stop. As he drove to jail one of the men produced a handgun and shot Chief Dennis in the back several times. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. Both suspects were arrested a short time later.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison May 17, 1957.

Chief Dennis had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.

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Rest In Peace Chief Dennis, your service and sacrifice is remembered. God bless your family and friends.

Sgt. Jarrod Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections
March 24, 2014


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