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Lieutenant Robert L. Dorn | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Lieutenant

Robert L. Dorn

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 31, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/31/1965

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Released from institution

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Lieutenant Dorn was shot and killed by a stranded motorist he had stopped to help. The suspect had been visited recently by deputies inquiring about his delinquent taxes.

Believing that he was about to lose his trailer home, the man jumped out of his truck and began firing without warning, killing Lieutenant Dorn. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return and wounded the suspect.

The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a mental institution. He was later later released.

Lieutenant Dorn had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and brother.

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Lt. Robert Dorn. My name is Kris Bertz. I am and have been your grandson Dustin's best friend for 26 years. Your daughter was my kindergarten teacher. Your legacy lives on through your family still to this day. I feel that all though you and I have never met, we both serve the same purpose. I am a phoenix police officer and honor guard member. Our ethos is "honoring sacrifice" It is because of great men like you that I devote myself to serving in the manner I do. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May we all never forget.

Kris Bertz Officer
Phoenix Police Department
June 15, 2014

 

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