Police Officer Philip Michael Pennington

Police Officer Philip Michael Pennington

Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 22, 1990

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Philip Michael Pennington

Police Officer Philip Pennington was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day after he and other officers responded to the home of a man who had ambushed and shot an Arlington County sheriff's deputy the previous day.

He and his fellow SWAT officers were called to the home in the 14700 block of Dodson Drive, in Dale City, where the suspect had fled after shooting the deputy. When the team entered the home they were confronted by the man holding a pistol. Officer Pennington tried to talk the suspect into putting down the pistol but the man retreated into another portion of the house, grabbed a rifle, and opened fire. Officer Pennington was struck once in the head, with the bullet penetrating his helmet.

The subject was shot and killed by other members of the SWAT team.

Officer Pennington had been shot and wounded in an unrelated drug raid 11 months earlier.

Officer Pennington had served with the Prince William County Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Five years after the shooting, his wife was sworn in as a Prince William County police officer. Philip Michael Pennington Elementary School in Manassas is named for the fallen officer.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 209

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Mike was my first FTO, he always had a kind word for everyone. He had a gift of talking to people. He taught me to be vigilant and treat people well because you never knew when you may meet them again. Thanks for that last hug you gave me before heading east that fateful night.

Yvonne Becker
PWCPD 1989 -1999

November 21, 2022

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