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Officer Dennis Allen Darden | Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Portland Police Bureau, Oregon


Dennis Allen Darden

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, August 9, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Dennis Darden was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped a suspect at NW 23rd Street and Glisan Street.

As Officer Darden's partner searched the suspect he located a gun and began to struggle with the man over control of the weapon. Officer Darden joined the struggle and struck the suspect with his service weapon, disabling the weapon by bending the trigger guard.

Officer Darden attempted to shoot the suspect but the weapon would not fire. The suspect fired at the same time, striking Officer Darden twice and his partner once.

The suspect began to flee as Officer Darden's partner returned fire. The man ran to a nearby apartment where he committed suicide. It was discovered that one the shots fired by Officer Darden's partner had struck the man in the head and wounded him.

Officer Darden is survived by his wife and four children.

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Dad, Thank you for being a hero. At grandma's memorial service last week one of your former supervisors told us that you were a hero. Today a former trainee of yours sent me an email just to tell me what a great man you were. I was only 6 when you were killed so my memories are dependent on those of others. I was blessed to hear that from others.
With love, admiration and gratitude,

Rick Darden
December 22, 2015


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