Deputy Phillip Michael Deese

Deputy Phillip Michael Deese

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, March 9, 2007

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Phillip Michael Deese

Deputy Phillip Michael Deese was killed in a head-on traffic collision.

He was driving westbound on I-26 in an unincorporated part of Dorchester County when a pick-up truck crossed the median, hitting the deputy's patrol car head on. The crash killed the deputy, the driver of the pick-up, and Deputy Deese's K9 partner, Sonja.

Deputy Deese had served the Dorchester County Sheriff's office for almost seven years. He is survived by his wife, child, and two step-children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years, 10 months
  • Badge 114

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving, vehicle crash

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