Police Officer Mitchell Aaron Penton

Police Officer Mitchell Aaron Penton

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 13, 2021

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Mitchell Aaron Penton

Police Officer Mitchell Penton was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver at about 1:45 am.

He was working at the scene of a vehicle collision in the northbound lanes of the North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane. He was securing traffic with the emergency lights from his patrol car when a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the back of his patrol car. The collision pushed the patrol car into Officer Penton.

Officer Penton was transported to Baylor University Medical Center when he died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Penton was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter of a police officer and intoxication assault. In 2023, he was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years.

Officer Penton had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years and was assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division. He is survived by his expectant wife and stepson.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 11654

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

drunk driver, accident scene

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A week ago today, the man who took you from us was sentenced. So many people worked so very hard to get justice for you. Your friends, family, DPD Officers, Detectives, Class 365 classmates, and incredible prosecutors fought for you. We remembered you, told the story about you that night, what you did, who you are and how you loved you job, and family.

I miss you more every day, I love you, and will keep your memory alive, till I take my last breath.

Kathy Penton

May 22, 2023

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