Police Officer Dennis Earl Hill

Police Officer Dennis Earl Hill

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, August 28, 1977

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Dennis Earl Hill

Officer Dennis Hill was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a shots fired call.

As they approached the scene in the patty wagon, they pulled up next to the victim. The suspect was hiding in nearby bushes and immediately opened fire three times with a shotgun, striking Officer Hill in the head. Other officers responded to the "Officer Down" call and another shootout ended with one other officer being wounded, and the suspect being killed.

Officer Hill had served with the Des Moines Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, two young children, and his parents. His father also served with the Des Moines Police Department.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 118

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I watched "heaven's heroes" just recently. I almost cried. I saw a very young policeman around my age just killed, who was on his duty. As old as the movie was, it still breathes the memory of Dennis Hill. I know you have found rest in the Lord's bossom already. Your memory will live long.

Dr O. C
Nigerian medical doctor

July 16, 2021

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