Frank Hershel Dunn Jr.
Hammond Police Department
Thursday, June 1, 1961

Age: 43
Served: 9 years, 9 months
Badge #: 112
Panel 46W, Line 2
Panel L8, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, June 1, 1961
12:05 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
484 Willow Court, Hammond
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Sentenced to life
• Charged
• Charged
Burial Place:
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville

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   Patrolman Frank Dunn was shot and killed while walking his downtown beat.

   As he was checking local businesses, a man rounded a corner into a laundromat parking lot and for no apparent reason shot Patrolman Dunn four times in the chest. He was transported to St. Margaret Hospital where he died.

   A manhunt led to Chicago where the suspect and two of his brothers were arrested five days later after a sharp-eyed night clerk identified them as roomers at the hotel.

   All three suspects were extradited after the 25-year-old prime suspect confessed to killing Patrolman Dunn and disposing of the pistol he used in the Chicago River.

   He was later found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in a change of venue to Porter County. His 26- and 27-year-old brothers were charged with harboring a fugitive.

   Patrolman Dunn was survived by his wife, parents, two sisters and three brothers.

Military Service

United States Army
World War II

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