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Chief of Police Thomas Elroy Buntrock | Mequon Police Department, Wisconsin Mequon Police Department, Wisconsin

Chief of Police

Thomas Elroy Buntrock

Mequon Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Sunday, December 2, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Chief Thomas Buntrock was accidentally shot and killed by a another officer following an armed robbery and hostage situation. The robbery suspect fled into a home where he took a man and infant child hostage. Chief Buntrock was able to negotiate the release of the hostages in exchange for taking the Chief hostage.

The suspect and Chief Buntrock moved to an automobile with Chief Buntrock in the driver's seat and the suspect in the rear seat. The vehicle remained in the same place and as it became dark out, Chief Buntrock lunged into the rear seat and was able to subdue the suspect and disarm him.

As Chief Buntrock emerged from the vehicle one of the officers mistook him for the suspect and opened fire, fatally wounding him.

Chief Buntrock had served with the Mequon Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and four sons.

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It was an honor to have had Chief Buntrock as one of my many instructors for the LESB Certification when I had worked in LE in the past. He was always seriously caring and an excellent instructor. It was truly a sad and humbling day for all. My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Chief Buntrock.

Special Deputy (at the time)
Washington County Sheriff's Department, West Bend Wi
April 26, 2016


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