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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 responded to the scene in a patrol car. Another deputy observed the suspect vehicle heading in the opposite direction but could not turn around to follow it due to snow in the median.
The deputy gave 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. He was found by other officers with a shotgun wound to the head.
The 42-year-old male suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison for murder and 20 years for bank robbery. He died while serving his sentence in 2011.
Reserve Deputy Dunigan was survived by his wife, son and two daughters.