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Trooper Anthony Lukis, Jr. | New Jersey State Police, New Jersey New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper

Anthony Lukis, Jr.

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 4, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years, 3 months

Badge # 1754

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Later shot and killed

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Trooper Anthony Lukis was shot and killed while patrolling the New Jersey Turnpike in Westampton Township at 1:40 am. He had stopped to check on vehicle parked on the side of the roadway when be became engaged in a violent struggle. When Trooper Anthony Lukis attempted to handcuff the suspect, the suspect produced a hidden weapon and was able to shoot him four times in the back and twice in the head, killing him instantly. The suspect was captured a short time later near Paulsboro after a wild chase.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death December 15, 1966. In 1972 his sentence was commuted to life. On November 2, 1973, he escaped from Trenton State Prison. Two weeks later he was shot and killed by a New Jersey detective in New York City when he refused to surrender.

Trooper Lukis had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.

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Lana, I am Lou Zielinski's son, Dan. Your dad was friends with my dad. I was 9 years old when your dad passed and I still remember the pain everyone felt. I remember little about those days but your dad was a nice happy man and kind. My dad now in his 80's is not doing very well but I had the years with him, something I know you never had and I just wanted to reach out and let you know your dad is not forgotten.
Dan

Dan Zielinski MM1 USN RET.
July 12, 2016

 

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