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.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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A Police Officer shows just how much he cares, every day, even if it is the last thing he ever does. RIP Chief!

SAIC Bill Thompson (Retired)
State Ethics Commission

February 4, 2016

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