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 a service road approaching I-95. 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 17, 1989. The suspect who shot Patrolman Allen pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The shooter served 28 and a half 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 4 months and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 3, 2015

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