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Deputy Sheriff Dennis Carl Compton | Colleton County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Colleton County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Dennis Carl Compton

Colleton County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # S-535

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Dennis Compton was shot and killed while responding to a residential alarm call on Sunflower Drive, in Smoaks, at approximately 3:00 am.

The homeowner's son had also been notified of the alarm by the alarm company. When he arrived at the home he found Deputy Compton wounded and used his radio to alert dispatchers.

In September 2008 two suspects, 18 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged with Deputy Compton's murder. In December 2011 both suspects were sentenced to life prison.

Deputy Compton had served with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office for sixteen months, starting as a detention center officer. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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I remember working that night and seeing SLED race down highway 21 towards walterboro.. wasn't a few minutes later we got the news and were involved in the massive man hunt.. always think about that night the closer we get to summer. RIP brother

TRP Chris
Former Trooper SCHP
May 18, 2017


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