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Detective Dennis Carmen Stepnowski | DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia


Dennis Carmen Stepnowski

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 1700

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Dennis Stepnowski was shot during a foot chase of a suspect at a Stone Mountain apartment complex at approximately 7:00 pm. The suspect opened fire on Detective Stepnowski during the chase, wounding him.

Despite being fatally wounded, Detective Stepnowski returned fire and killed the suspect.

Detective Stepnowski was taken to DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur where he died from his wounds.

Investigation revealed that the suspect was wanted for a previous murder in Louisiana.

Detective Stepnowski had served with the Dekalb County Police Department for 12 years and was a member of the SWAT unit. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.

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Step, I remember so clearly the night you were killed. All hell broke loose on every channel. One of my Sgts. called and told me it was you. 1000 moments we worked together flew by in minutes. I stood on the west deck of head quarters and watched your SWAT brothers escort you to the morgue. At your viewing I wanted so bad to hear you giggle the way you would when we were about to hit a door or chase someone. Your funeral was huge and your brother SWAT team members were right there for your family and each other. They did you proud bro! Everyone in that place knew we had not lost a co-worker but a family member. Please try to behave up there. I know Ann has shown you all around. Nine yrs away from us but always in our hearts hon! Miss and love you Step!

Ret. Det. Jane Hendricks
Dekalb county police
August 26, 2015


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