Sergeant Dennis Warren Finch

Sergeant Dennis Warren Finch

Traverse City Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, May 13, 1998

Dennis Warren Finch

Sergeant Finch died of gunshot wounds sustained the previous day by a man who had armed himself with two rifles and two pistols on his porch. Sergeant Finch had been negotiating with the suspect for over an hour when the suspect opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, striking Sergeant Finch numerous times. Sergeant Finch was admitted to the hospital where died the next morning at 10:30 am.

The suspect was shot and wounded in the initial gunfight but barricaded himself in his house for 10 hours before giving up. He was convicted of murdering Sergeant Finch and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Sergeant Finch had served with the Traverse City Police Department for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, grandchild, mother, and 10 siblings.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 212

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 12, 1998
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Denny, I think of you often my friend and hope your family is doing good. As I passed the milestone of 31 years and turn 52 I am able to relate even more to what a loss and senseless death. To those who read this, please know Denny is never forgotten.

First Lieutenant Vence Woods
Michigan DNR Environmental Investigation Section

May 15, 2018

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