Trooper Anthony Lukis, Jr.

Trooper Anthony Lukis, Jr.

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, May 4, 1966

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Anthony Lukis, Jr.

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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years, 3 months
  • Badge 1754

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Later shot and killed

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Lana, your loss makes us all feel so sad. But I want you to know that your father will never be forgotten and we will continue to honor him and his service each and every day. Your loving words below shows that your character is as honorable as your fathers was. May God bless you and your family as we honor your heroic father today. Semper Fi

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol, South Los Angeles 1969-1971

May 4, 2020

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