Patrolman Ulysses "Buck" Dobson, Sr.

Patrolman Ulysses "Buck" Dobson, Sr.

Hartsville Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, April 20, 1953

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Ulysses "Buck" Dobson, Sr.

Patrolman Dobson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night after responding to a call from a woman who was being beaten by her husband.

When Patrolman Dobson arrived at the scene the husband ran into the backyard and hid. Patrolman Dobson also ran into the backyard in pursuit and was shot by the man with a shotgun as he came in between the two houses. Patrolman Dobson was transported to Byerly Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day. The suspect turned himself in two days after the shooting.

Patrolman Dobson had served with the Hartsville Department of Public Safety for 2 years. He was the first African-American officer to serve with the agency.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 19, 1953
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Arrested

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 20, 2021

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