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Patrolman John Lebed | Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department, New Jersey Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department, New Jersey

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John Lebed

Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, July 10, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Lebed and Patrolman George Dunham were shot and killed while escorting a male to get bail money. The male had been arrested by the officers after they received a tip that he was carrying a concealed weapon and driving with a revoked license. After the arrest, the male was taken to the police station where he was booked and told he would have to pay a $250 bond. To obtain the funds, the officers escorted him to his home in New Brunswick where he then shot and killed both of them. The male fled and was later surrounded in Union Township. To avoid capture, he shot himself in the head, causing a severe wound. While on his deathbed, he admitted to the murders of Patrolman Lebed and Patrolman Dunham and two previous murders.

Patrolman Lebed and Patrolman Dunham were honored by having a public park, Dunham-Lebed Park and two public roads, Lebed Drive and Dunham Street, named after them.

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Patrolman George Dunham
Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Sunday, July 10, 1960
Cause: Gunfire

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You didn't have to help this guy out, but you did. You showed more good character in that one act than your murder probably showed in his entire life.

God Bless you on this 54th anniversary of your murder and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
July 10, 2014

 

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