Patrolman David Bannister

Patrolman David Bannister

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 3, 1974

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David Bannister

Patrolman David Bannister was killed in an automobile accident while chasing a juvenile suspect. The suspect had taken his father's car without permission. During the chase the suspect slammed on the brakes, causing Patrolman Bannister to swerve to avoid a collision.

As Patrolman Bannister swerved his vehicle struck the median of a divided road, a low rock wall erected around planters. His cruiser slid along the top of the wall and flipped, causing a fatal head injury.

Patrolman Bannister was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

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David, my heart remains sad and sorrowful even after all these years. I think about you and the courage, grace, sense of humor, and smarts you demonstrated every day, every time we got together with your beautiful family. I miss them. whenever I see and meet a police Officer here in Austin TX, I think about you and the courage and commitment it takes to be a police officer. I know you’re safely in the hands of God. God bless you, God bless your family.

Bob Pena
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March 23, 2021

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