Patrolman Joseph Asbury Dennis, Jr.

Patrolman Joseph Asbury Dennis, Jr.

South Hill Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, May 10, 1953

Joseph Asbury Dennis, Jr.

Patrolman Joseph Dennis was shot and killed after responding to a report that a man had shot and killed his wife. While he and other officers approached the residence the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, fatally wounding Patrolman Dennis. Other officers stormed the house and fatally wounded the suspect.

Patrolman Dennis had only been with the agency for five months.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Joe, while you died before I was born your mother was my great-grandmother and was such a wonderful example for me and I just wanted to say thank you for being a hero and for serving.

Denise Gilliam Gupton
Great Niece

September 7, 2015

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