Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry

Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, January 3, 2003

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Dennis Ray McElderry

Deputy Sheriff Dennis McElderry was struck and killed by a patrol car after deploying stop sticks during a high-speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 63 just north of Bloomfield, Iowa, shortly before midnight.

The suspect, who was being chased, later turned himself in and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. The suspect was convicted of charges related to Deputy McElderry's death and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Deputy McElderry had served with the Davis County Sheriff's Department for four years. He is survived by his three children, fiancee, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 26-3

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 12 years

stop sticks, vehicle pursuit

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16 years to day that you have missed with all of us. Not a single day gets any easier. We recently moved into your house and i'd be lying if I said it wasn't hard at times. Tyce... oh where to start with him. You two would have been the best of friends! He kept asking when we moved where grandpa was and that was a hard thing for him to grasp.
We love and miss you every day dad.

Taylor McElderry
Youngest Daughter

January 3, 2019

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