Police Officer Dennis Joseph McNamara

Police Officer Dennis Joseph McNamara

Upper Darby Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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Dennis Joseph McNamara

Police Officer Dennis McNamara was shot and killed while investigating suspicious vehicle in front of a home on Perry Avenue.

As he talked into his shoulder mounted microphone, a motorcycle gang member ran out of the home. The suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Officer McNamara in the side of the head. The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Officer McNamara was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later.

The suspect was arrested in the early morning hours following a car chase in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The suspect was seriously injured when he crashed his vehicle. The 52-year-old suspect plead guilty to Officer McNamara's murder and was sentenced to life. He died in prison on July 8, 2015.

Officer McNamara was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran and had served with the Upper Darby Township Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 121
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

suspicious vehicle

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