Deputy Sheriff Dennis Carl Compton

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Carl Compton

Colleton County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Dennis Carl Compton

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Compton was shot and killed while responding to a residential alarm call on Sunflower Drive, in Smoaks, at approximately 3:00 am.

The homeowner's son had also been notified of the alarm by the alarm company. When he arrived at the home he found Deputy Compton wounded and used his radio to alert dispatchers.

In September 2008 two suspects, 18 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged with Deputy Compton's murder. In December 2011 both suspects were sentenced to life prison.

Deputy Compton had served with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office for sixteen months, starting as a detention center officer. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge S-535

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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We were up in D.C. this week for the memorial service because we lost one of ours last year. I found your name on the wall also. You are not forgotten brother. Even though we only met through the academy I still remember you. Your sacrifice has made me a safer officer and I believe it has saved my life. RIP friend.

Detective Jonathan Reed
York County Sheriff’s Office

May 18, 2019

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