Chief of Police John Fleetwood Dennis

Chief of Police John Fleetwood Dennis

Bonneau Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, February 3, 1957

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John Fleetwood Dennis

Chief John Dennis was shot and killed while transporting two prisoners to the county jail. The two men had been arrested during a traffic stop. As he drove to jail one of the men produced a handgun and shot Chief Dennis in the back several times. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. Both suspects were arrested a short time later.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison May 17, 1957.

Chief Dennis had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge B-1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Chief, 62 years later and Law Enforcement has changed in so many ways it would be foreign to you. Procedures, equipment, technology and even the men and women that proudly display the badge (If you can imagine, many today have no idea who the "Duke" is, let alone John Wayne...sorry that may be a sore spot with you considering how much Ms. Evelyn was in love with him) but one thing that is as true today as it was on February 2nd, 1957, It's dangerous out here. Everyday with every encounter it too could be the End of our Watch. I am proud to say that you would still recognize the courage behind every piece of tin. The same steely courage shown when you rolled out of your patrol vehicle and returned fire even though you were mortally wounded. Thank you for paving the way. We still hold the line for you Chief. R.I.P.

Franco F. Fuda
Chief Of Police
Bonneau PD

January 31, 2019

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