Officer Robert F. Dunn

Officer Robert F. Dunn

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 13, 1943

Robert F. Dunn

Officer Robert Dunn and Officer Frank Davis were shot and killed after responding to a burglary call on Granby Street at approximately 5:00 am. When the officers arrived at the scene they were immediately fired upon as they exited their patrol cars.

Both officers returned fire, emptying their revolvers, before being fatally wounded.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested later in the day by two Navy Shore Patrolmen and a Norfolk police officer. He was convicted of two counts of murder and received two life sentences. He was paroled in 1963.

Officer Dunn had served with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1963

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Thank you Davis Parker and others responding on this page. According to my Father, Robert was changing shifts with officer Davis early in the morning . At about that time of shift change, a burglary call came in over the radio that stated a bank at the Wards Corner area was being robbed and he decided to go with officer Davis as back up. upon arriving on the scene, they both exchanged fire with the alinements and my uncle was shot through a mail box while dogging for cover from a .45 ACP round. As a Hampton Roads native I’m always curious of the circumstances behind this, especially in July.

Bryan Dunn ( fromer NSO)

July 5, 2016

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