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Police Officer James T. Dunston | New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer

James T. Dunston

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, November 20, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 2653

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Three charged with murder

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Officer James Dunston was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a robbery in progress. Officer Dunston and his partner were directed by their central dispatcher to respond to a burglary in progress on East 102nd Street in Manhattan. There was, in fact, a "push in robbery" in progress at the location. Three armed suspects had pushed their way into an apartment. The suspects were holding a family hostage until another family member arrived home. That family member had the combination to the family safe.

When the officers arrived, they knocked on the door of the apartment. When the door opened, one suspect opened fire with a shotgun, killing Officer Dunston. Officer Dunston's partner returned fire and called for back-up. As he was calling for back-up, all three suspects fled. One suspect was apprehended by back-up officers and the two other suspects were apprehended the next day by detectives. All three suspects were charged with murder, found guilty and sentenced to life.

Officer Dunston had been a member of the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for 11 years and had previously served with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and three children. He was assigned to Police Service Area 5.

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Sgt. Jim Russo
November 20, 2016

 

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