Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington

Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1979

Dennis E. Bennington

Officer Dennis Bennington and Officer Robert Seiffert were shot and killed during a traffic stop of man with an aggravated robbery warrant. As Officer Bennington approached the suspect from the side Officer Seiffert approached from the rear. The suspect shot Officer Bennington in the chest and fired over his shoulder as he got back in his car, striking Officer Seiffert in the head as he dove for cover.

Officer Bennington was able to stand back up and return fire, striking the suspect in the head and killing him. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Bennington had served with the agency for 9.5 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years, 6 months
  • Badge P082

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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So Denny I am somewhat overwhelmed today I as watch the coverage of yet another officer from the Cincinnati area, although his death was from different circumstances than yours it is no less painful. I was 15 when you were killed along side your fellow officer on that faithful night when you thought you were doing no more than maybe at best serving a warrant but he had other plans for both of you... No not the bastard that shot & killed both of you but God! He had other plans for you both, he also gave you the strength & tenacity to kill the bastard that night to send him to hell where he couldn't hurt anyone else.
You were my family Denny & we have all missed you severely over the years your picture sits in my living room it is the only one there and although I was young only 15 when you passed the impact it has left on my life is tremendous . I see Tim here and there but don't worry my brothers look out for him. I haven't seen Tina in a long long time but I am going to try to reach out to her. We miss you cuz & today is just harder .


January 12, 2019

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