Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington

Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1979

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Dennis E. Bennington

Officer Dennis Bennington and Officer Robert Seiffert were shot and killed during a traffic stop of a man with an aggravated robbery warrant on Oak and May Streets in Cincinnati.

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 Cincinnati Police Department 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

parolee, probation violation, traffic stop

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Dennis E. Bennington of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 59 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 6, 2024

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