Deputy Sheriff Dave H. Jennings, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Dave H. Jennings, Jr.

Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Saturday, August 28, 1976

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Dave H. Jennings, Jr.

Deputy Jennings was shot and killed after responding to a shooting call on Deep Slue Road. When he arrived at the scene he encountered man sitting in a car that had been backed into a ditch. As Deputy Jennings approached the man another man shouted to the deputy that the man had just shot his daughter.

At the same time the man in the car attacked Deputy Jennings. During the ensuing struggle the man was able to gain control of Deputy Jennings' service weapon and shot him. Deputy Jennings returned fire with a backup weapon, wounding the suspect. The suspect fled the scene in Deputy Jennings' patrol car. He was arrested a short time later, charged in connection with Deputy Jennings' death, and convicted of capital murder.

Deputy Jennings had served in law enforcement for 41 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 66
  • Tour 41 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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