Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wayne Bryant

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wayne Bryant

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, April 22, 1991

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Dennis Wayne Bryant

Deputy Bryant was killed by a drunk driver who was driving with his head lights turned off. Deputy Bryant was responding to backup another deputy who was pursuing a domestic assault suspect. The drunk driver had just left a local bar after being involved in an altercation and had turned off his lights after seeing the first deputy's patrol car, fearing he would be arrested.

The drunk driver struck Deputy Bryan's vehicle head-on and both men were killed. Toxicology reports showed that the driver had a BAC of .10 and had smoked marijuana shortly before the incident.

Deputy Bryant had served with the agency for almost 4 years and had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed in crash

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Dennis, you are missed beyond words, and writing this even brings me to tears. Bill lost his best friend and the hole in his heart remains. Your folks, girls and brother, lost even more. Your funeral will remain the last one I ever attend. So happy we had time to create everlasting memories. It makes me smile to recall your big hands proudly holding your little girls, and of course, working your beloved Hasso :)

Wife of Bill Morey, BCSO
Benton County Sheriff Dept, Kennewick, WA

July 19, 2018

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