Reserve Deputy
Thomas Brent Dunigan
Morgan County Sheriff's Department
Friday, December 26, 1975

Age: 35
Served: 1 year, 6 months
Badge #: 37
Military Service:
Panel 48E, Line 11
Panel L18, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, December 26, 1975
11:20 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Maple Turn Road west of State Road 37 near Foxcliff Addition
Incident County:
Morgan
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:
Shotgun
Suspect Info:
Sentenced to life
Burial Location:
Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery, Martinsville

   Reserve Deputy Thomas Dunigan was shot and killed while attempting to stop a bank robbery suspect. He was off duty visiting the county jail when a robbery was reported at the First National Bank of Martinsville in Waverly. Reserve Deputy Dunigan took a reserve patrol car and responded to the scene. Another deputy spotted the suspect vehicle heading in the opposite direction but could not turn around to follow it due to snow in the median. The deputy transmitted the suspect's direction and Reserve Deputy Dunigan waited for the suspect at an exit.

   Several minutes later a passer-by made a radio transmission that an officer had been shot. Reserve Deputy Dunigan was found by other officers with a shotgun wound to the head. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Reserve Deputy Dunigan and 20 years for the bank robbery. He was again denied parole in November 2010.

   Reserve Deputy Dunigan was survived by his wife, son and two daughters.