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Patrolman Buford Dedeaux | Gulfport Police Department, Mississippi Gulfport Police Department, Mississippi

Patrolman

Buford Dedeaux

Gulfport Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, June 8, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 74

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Buford Dedeaux was shot and killed while questioning a man on a bicycle he had stopped near 25th Avenue and 34th Street at 12:30 am. During the questioning the suspect produced a .22 caliber handgun from a duffel bag and exchanged shots with Patrolman Dedeaux, striking him twice.

The suspect fled after shooting Patrolman Dedeaux, but was apprehended later in the day. The suspect was originally sentnenced to death but the sentence was later reduced to life in prison.

Patrolman Dedeaux was survived by his wife and five children.

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Officer Dedeaux your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The City of Gulfport and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD
June 8, 2016

 

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