Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 12 years
Badge # 1700
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Shot and killed
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.