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 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.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

February 3, 2020

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