Grieving Colleagues Escort Fallen Officer’s Body Home

Detective Charles Dinwiddie (Killeen Police Dept. photo)

KILLEEN (May 12, 2014) 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 the body of fallen Killeen police Detective Charles Dinwiddie was returned to Killeen from Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where Dinwiddie died Sunday of a gunshot wound received while attempting to serve a search warrant.

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.

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.

"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.

Dinwiddie and Officer Odis Denton, 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.

Officers arrested a man and a woman after the shooting Friday.

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

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

Police in neighboring Harker Heights were among the law enforcement officers who sent condolences Monday.

“Officer Dinwiddie will be greatly missed among the ranks of the Harker Heights Police Department. It is our hope that the grief suffered by all who knew him will be in part assuaged by the knowledge that he served this community heroically throughout his career and particularly during his last hours,” said Harker Heights Police Chief Mike Gentry.

Killeen city officials were stunned by the shooting Friday.

“We are deeply saddened by today’s events and hold our officers and their families in our prayers. The City of Killeen will remain united and strong in this difficult time. We pledge our unwavering support to our brave officers and their loved ones in the times ahead,” City manager Glenn Morrison said.

Mayor Dan Corbin offered his support as well.

“On behalf of the 134,000 residents of Killeen and on behalf of the Council, I offer condolences to the families of those officers who were shot, and pledge the full support of the community."

Fort Hood and III Corps Commander Lt. Gen Mark Milley issued a statement late Friday afternoon expressing the post’s condolences.

“We at Fort Hood and III Corps are deeply saddened by the injuries to the police officers of the Killeen Police Department this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers, the families and loved ones affected by this incident. We wish the officers speedy recoveries and we stand ready to offer assistance to the city of
Killeen,” he said.

(Ben Griffin, Matt Howerton contributed to this story)

(Courtesy photo)