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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Denny, I remember that night so well. You, Bobby and I were working the 8-4 shift in D-4. We were drinking coffe when a run came out in the north part of the District. I took the run. On my way back, I heard the call "officers down" and responded. I was there with you at the end. I love you guys & will always remember the great working relationship we had on that shift.
May you and Bobby rest in peace. Will see you again!

B. George
CPD 1974 - 1984

June 20, 2015

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