Captain Dennis F. Lipari

Captain Dennis F. Lipari

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Saturday, November 26, 1977

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Dennis F. Lipari

Captain Dennis Lipari was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a gunman while off duty at Club 89 at 4315 South 89th Street in Omaha.

Captain Lipari was eating dinner with his wife and several other officers in a club. At 7:36 p.m., a gunman entered the club with a shotgun and opened fire. Captain Lipari immediately took action but was shot and killed. Twenty-four other people, including two deputies, were shot and wounded in the incident.

The suspect in the case was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to a state hospital.

Captain Lipari had served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, who was injured in the gunfire, six children, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Committed

active shooter, EDP, off duty, weapons violation

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It seems like yesterday that my amazing father was taken from us so tragically, dad, I miss you so very much and often wonder what you’d have accomplished if your life hadn’t been cut so short. You were only 39 years old and had your whole life ahead of you, you are always on my mind and forever in my heart❣️

Toni (Lipari)Jones
Oldest daughter

December 12, 2023

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