Deputy Sheriff Joseph Norman Dennis

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Norman Dennis

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Joseph Norman Dennis

Deputy Joseph Dennis was shot and killed by a suspect after responding to a domestic disturbance between a brother and sister.

The brother had taken the sister's car the previous night and had returned it with damage the next morning. Deputy Dennis encountered the suspect several blocks away and while attempting to arrest him, a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Deputy Dennis was able to get a handcuff on the suspect, but the man was able to grab a concealed handgun and shot Deputy Dennis in the head. Deputy Dennis was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested later in the afternoon with the handcuff still on his wrist and Deputy Dennis' weapon in his possession.

The suspect was sentenced to death for the murder on December 6, 2001. On January 29, 2008, the suspect committed suicide in his cell while awaiting his execution date.

Deputy Dennis had been employed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for 14 years, and is survived by his wife, who is also a deputy, a son, a daughter, and his parents.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 2062

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Today, the weather here is perfect as a description of how my heart feels... Dark grey clouds, wet soppy roads, and shards of lightning, like the giant cracks left in my heart from loosing you exactly 16 years ago.
We had been married for just 16 years when, in the blink of an eye, you were taken from me, and now I have been without you for 16 why does it seem like so much longer that I have been without you than the time we got to share together???
I MISS YOU SOOOOOO MUCH! And my heart still hurts.
"They" say 'Time Heals All Wounds'. I say... 'THEY' LIE!
There are two things that keep me going each and every day...
#1 - Our Children, are gifts from God (and you), they are True BLESSINGS that I am so very Thankful for!!! and,
#2 - Knowing that one day I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN!
Our GOD is a GREAT GOD and I have HIS PROMISE that I will one day be with you again!
Until we meet again - I will ALWAYS LOVE you!!!

Deputy Rene' Dennis
Harris County S.O. & Wife

May 22, 2017

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