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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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A NYS court has recently ruled to let an Inmate, John Ruzas who murdered a NYS Trooper, Emerson Dillon again go before the parole board on an appeal of his last board hearing where he was denied parole.

In 2011 there was legislation that now requires parole boards to put more emphasis on future risk, than on the crime committed. I am friends with Trooper Dillon's daughter. She and her family are asking that their Law Enforcement family please write to the NYS Parole Board and express our concern about Ruzas being a future risk to others if released.

This can be done on-line at: http://www.doccs.ny.gov/DOCCSWebLettersToBoardofParoleForm.aspx

Investigator Robert Kerr (ret.)
Rochester, NY Police Department
March 19, 2017


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