Family: Slain Officer’s Death Was Senseless, Tragic And Shocking

The shooting that claimed the life of veteran Killeen police Detective Charles Dinwiddie was senseless, tragic and shocking, the fallen officer’s family said Tuesday.

Detective Charles Dinwiddie (Killeen Police Dept. photo)

KILLEEN (May 13, 2014) The family of slain Killeen police Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie issued a statement Tuesday, two days after the veteran officer died of a gunshot wound received while helping to serve a search warrant early last Friday morning.

“Charles’ senseless death is tragic and shocking for the community and his brothers and sisters of the Killeen Police Department,” the family said.

“While our family recognizes the risks of law enforcement every day, we have lost a father, husband, brother and son suddenly. Charles was a charismatic, loving member of our family and dedicated to his job with the Killeen police department and Swat team. Charles was a man of many talents and had compassion for everyone whom he met and would not hesitate to offer assistance to any in need.”

Dinwiddie, 47, and Officer Odis Denton, 37, a nine-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, were shot as they and other officers served a narcotics search warrant just after 5:30 a.m. Friday at 1104 Circle M Dr. Apt. 3.

The officers were taken first to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and then were transferred to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Dinwiddie was in critical condition after the shooting and died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Denton, who was shot in the femur, underwent surgery and remained in ICU Sunday in good condition.

Two other officers were hit by gunfire, but were spared injury by their protective gear.

Dinwiddie was an 18-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department and a member of the department’s SWAT Team for 15 years.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Killeen at 3310 South W S Young Dr.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center at 3601 South W S Young Dr.

Burial will follow at Killeen City Cemetery.

Funds have been established at Extraco Banks for both the Dinwiddie and Denton families.

Donations may be made online.

A long slow procession of patrol cars and other emergency vehicles wound its way along U.S. Highway 190 Monday afternoon, providing an escort as Dinwiddie’s body was returned to Killeen from Temple.

A group of residents was waiting in the rain as the hearse carrying Dinwiddie’s body arrived at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, where Dinwiddie’s fellow Killeen SWAT Team members provided a honor guard.

"Our community has suffered a great loss,” said Police Chief Dennis Baldwin.

“Few people have touched the number of lives, in such a meaningful way, as Detective Dinwiddie. As a dedicated professional, his service to the Killeen community was with honor, courage, and unwavering loyalty. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” he said.

Marvin Louis Guy, 49, of Killeen, remained in the Bell County Jail Tuesday in lieu of bonds totaling $3 million charged with three counts of attempted capital murder.

He has not yet been charged in Dinwiddie’s death.

The 50-year-old woman has not been identified.

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