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Officer Robert P. Dana | Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts


Robert P. Dana

Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, March 25, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 701

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Robert Dana was shot and killed by a suspect who had gained control of another officer's handgun on the Blue Hills Parkway, in Milton.

He was assisting the Milton officer during a traffic stop while the driver was being questioned about a television in the backseat. During the questioning the suspect became agitated and was able to gain control of the Milton officer's weapon and shot Officer Dana. The suspect was traced to a home in Boston and committed suicide as a SWAT team entered to arrest him.

Officer Dana was survived by his wife who was a member of the Milton Police Department and was on duty the night he was shot and killed. Before joining the Metropolitan Police Department he had been a federal police officer and a U.S. Air Force Security Policeman. He was survived by his wife of six months and parents.

After Officer Dana's death the Robert Dana Award was created and is awarded annually to Massachusetts Police Officers for distinguished service.

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I was the Officer in Charge of the Milton Police the night Officer Bob Dana was shot and killed on Blue Hills Parkway. Newly married, his wife Charlotte Berkowitz, was an officer with Milton PD. When the calls came in, not knowing it was Bob, Charlotte , an EMT, was sent to render aid and arrived at the scene of her husband's death. In 34 years of law enforcement, the most tragic event that I ever knew or heard of, to this day almost too much to comprehend. RIP a fine young officer fallen in the Tradition of the Blue Uniform.

Milton Police Department
August 4, 2016


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