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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, 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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