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 40-year-old shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison May 17, 1957. He was paroled in 1971. On August 8, 1978, he was one of four people who were shot and killed by a man in Cayce.

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


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1971

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Chief Dennis,
On today, the 63rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bonneau. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 3, 2020

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