Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, October 24, 1974

Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

Trooper Emerson Dillon was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious vehicle on the New York State Thruway near Canastota.

Unknown to Trooper Dillon, the two occupants had just committed an armed robbery and were fleeing the scene. Trooper Dillon approached the car and removed one of the suspects. During the ensuing scuffle the second occupant exited the car and shot Trooper Dillon. Before he died Trooper Dillon was able to return fire, striking the suspect vehicle as it fled.

Two suspects were apprehended later that day. A third suspect was apprehended the following day in New York City. The suspect who shot Trooper Dillon was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in December 2017 at nearly 75 years old. One of the other two suspects died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence.

Trooper Dillon was assigned to Troop T and had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 597

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

suspicious vehicle

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May God bless Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. , and his entire family. Trooper Dillon’s heroism in the face of unspeakable danger will never be be forgotten by the men and women of the New York State Police.

I commend the New York State Trooper’s PBA, their legal team, and all police officers and citizens who stood up and made their voices heard on behalf of Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. and his family.

These were my feelings in 2009. They have not changed:

Robert Meyers
NYSP (ret.)

January 8, 2018

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