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Deputy Sheriff Craig Douglas Dodge | Lancaster County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska Lancaster County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

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Craig Douglas Dodge

Lancaster County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Saturday, March 14, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Dodge was shot and killed while speaking with a man at a domestic dispute call. He had been sent to the residence on an initial report that a husband had assaulted the wife and then left. While en route another call was received that the husband had returned and threatened a neighbor with a gun and two additional units were dispatched, but were approximately 20 minutes behind Deputy Dodge.
On his arrival he spoke with the witness who told Deputy Dodge the man had a revolver and that the wife and two young children were still in the apartment. Deputy Dodge could hear the woman pleading with the man. Fearing for the childrens' safety, and knowing his backup was some time away, he decided to try to stall the man until his backup arrived. The man came to door holding his wife in front of him with an unseen revolver stuck to her back. As the men conversed for several minutes the suspect suddenly raised the handgun and shot Deputy Dodge in the face. The suspect fled the scene and discarded the weapon in a nearby creek before being arrested. He was convicted of first degree murder and using a weapon to commit a felony and sentenced to life in prison.
Deputy Dodge was survived by his wife, two sons, two stepsons, parents, brother, and two sisters. He had been with the agency for two years and been with other agencies for at least three years prior to that.

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Thank you for serving in our police force. My condolences to your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian
March 27, 2016


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