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Lieutenant David T. Dunigan | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Lieutenant

David T. Dunigan

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 21, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 43 years

Badge # LIEUTENANT

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/21/1918

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and wounded

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Lieutenant David Dunigan was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect who had shot and killed two other officers earlier in the day during another arrest attempt. Officer John Conrad and Deputy Lawrence McParlin, of the Charles County Sheriff's Office, MD, were attempting to serve a South Carolina murder warrant on a suspect at 76 I Street, NW.

The suspect then fled to 1400 Carrollsburg Place, SW, where he was confronted by Lieutenant Dunigan. During the ensuing shootout Lieutenant Dunigan was able to shoot and wound the suspect as well. The suspect escaped but was recaptured and hanged January 22, 1925 after claiming 12 murders, including Patrolman William Holmes of Chicago.

Lieutenant Dunigan had served with the agency for 43 years and was assigned to the Fourth Precinct. He was a widower and was survived by five adult children. He is buried in Olivet Cemetery, Washington, DC.

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Deputy Sheriff Lawrence H. McParlin
Charles County Sheriff's Office, Maryland
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 21, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Officer John A. Conrad
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End of Watch: Tuesday, May 21, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman William Holmes
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 24, 1924
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you for your service and extreme sacrifice. On May 21, 1918 we lost a total of three police officers in Washington D.C. Such a sad loss for us all. Would like to learn more about you and your extended family. Lt. Edward B. Godwin, Historian for the Charles County Sheriff's Office 240-299-0546. [email protected]

Lieutenant Edward B. Godwin
Charles County Sheriff's Office
July 31, 2013

 

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