Patrolman Dennis Wilbert Allen

Patrolman Dennis Wilbert Allen

Four Oaks Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, June 3, 1977

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Dennis Wilbert Allen

Patrolman Allen was shot and killed when he stopped a suspicious vehicle on I-95 one mile north of Four Oaks. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Allen, the driver of the vehicle had minutes earlier murdered another man during a robbery.

As Patrolman Allen asked the driver for his identification and registration, the man produced a .38 caliber revolver and shot him in the stomach. The man then shot Patrolman Allen in the back several times as he lay on the ground.

The suspect and an occupant of the vehicle fled the scene but were later apprehended. The accomplice was sentenced to 32 years in prison. He died in prison on January 17th, 1989. The suspect who shot Patrolman Allen pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The shooter served 28-1/2 years of the life sentence before being paroled in October 2006.

Patrolman Allen was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a Bronze Star recipient. He had served with the Four Oaks Police Department for only four months. He was survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life; paroled

murder suspect, robbery, suspicious vehicle, traffic stop

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Rest in peace Patrolman Allen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 3, 2021

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