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Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York


Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, October 24, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 597

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of murder

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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 has a parole hearing in November, 2017. 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.

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I have not forgotten this awful senseless act of the murdering of Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr on Thursday, October 24, 1974. Trooper Dillon was callously murdered on the New York State Thruway by three awful individuals, one of whom is attempting to seek freedom from prison in November 2017 via parole board. This individual was sentenced to life in prison by the Court System who serves the citizens of the State of New York for the murder of Trooper Dillon. Based solely on my moral ethics that people must account for their deeds or misdeeds, and for my respect for our justice system, I truly and sincerely oppose the release of New York State Inmate John Ruzas. I truly believe that a parole release from prison for murdering a United States Law Enforcement Officer in the line of duty is sending the absolute WRONG message to both CRIMINALS and to our Great Nation as a whole. Inmate John Ruzas may be a good person and model inmate, he must like could be a changed person who's remorseful for his actions in the murder of Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr, BUT Inmate John Ruzas must not be granted parole based on the two afore-mentioned elements ( 1. He was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr, and #2. paroling an individual for murdering any United State Law Enforcement Officer is sending an absolute WRONG message. In closing, today I'm deeply sadden and deeply concern for our Great Nation, the United States of America. We as a nation is FAILING because WE who are Law Abiding Citizens are not Standing Up and Speaking Out against Injustice Acts, and not holding our elected officials accountable for their actions or lack of actions. We as a Great Nation need to Stand Up and Speak Out, so I will contact the DOCCS with my written opposition to the release of Inmate John Ruzas on his up coming parole hearing in November. Let us not forget New York State Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr and Trooper Joel R. Davis who was Shot and Killed last night ( 07/09/17 @ 8:30 PM) in Theresa, NY, and Police Mosita Familia who was shot and killed in Bronx, N.Y. on 07/05/17. May God bless Dillon family as well as the Davis and Familia families.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police
July 10, 2017


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