Patrolman Dennis Glenn Gonzales

Patrolman Dennis Glenn Gonzales

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1979

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Dennis Glenn Gonzales

Patrolman Dennis Gonzales was killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while making a traffic stop on I-8, just east of the Fairmount Avenue exit.

The 18-year-old suspect later turned himself in, claiming he did not know he struck anyone. The man pleaded guilty to misdemeaner manslaughter was sentenced to 30 days.

Patrolman Gonzales had served with the San Diego Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

hit-and-run, traffic stop

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To Robert Schmitt, my name is Norma Westbrook, sister of Patrolman Dennis Glen Gonzales. I never knew your name but was always thankful to you and your brother for being the ones who found my baby brother. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can not express my heart felt gratitude. I have cried for 44 years, it’s like he was killed yesterday. It’s still very raw. May God bless you and your brother. Again thank you

Norma Westbrook

November 13, 2023

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