Patrol Officer
Michael Edward Deno
Oakland City Police Department
Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Age: 24
Served: 1 year
Badge #: 25-5
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, February 28, 2000
03:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
339 North Jackson Street, Oakland City
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.25-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life without parole
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Montgomery Cemetery, Oakland City

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   Officer Michael Deno was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on a man he knew was driving with a suspended license.

   During the stop, the suspect produced a firearm from his rear pocket and shot Officer Deno in the right side of his head. He was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center of Evansville where he died the next morning.

   The 24-year-old suspect fled the scene, but was arrested about an hour later near Buckskin. In a death penalty case, he was subsequently convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 20 years for drug possession.

   Officer Deno was survived by his wife, parents, brother, three stepbrothers, two sisters, stepsister, grandmothers and stepgrandparents. He had also served with the Oakland City Fire Department.

Memorial Tribute

• In 2013, the southbound Interstate 69 bridge over the Patoka River in Gibson County was dedicated the Officer Michael E. Deno Memorial Bridge in his honor.

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