Detective Dennis Carmen Stepnowski

Detective Dennis Carmen Stepnowski

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, June 29, 2006

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Dennis Carmen Stepnowski

Detective Dennis Stepnowski was shot during a foot chase of a suspect at a Stone Mountain apartment complex on North Hairston Road 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.

The 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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1700

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

foot pursuit, murder suspect

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Step, you are still very much alive in my heart. You've been gone for awhile now but our earlier days working together seem so very recent. So many of our co-workers have joined you up there and I do hope you all have not created too much of a problem. Fun I know is the order of the day and Lord knows you have all earned it! Take care my brother and please watch over those still holding the thin blue line.
You only left us in sight Step. Otherwise you are still 10-7!

Ret. Det. BJ Hendricks
Dekalb county police

December 18, 2016

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