Customs Officer Roger L. Von Amelunxen

Customs Officer Roger L. Von Amelunxen

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, July 30, 1980

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Roger L. Von Amelunxen

Customs Officer Roger Von Amelunxen was shot and killed near the intersection of 72nd Street and 34th Avenue, in Queens, New York, after observing the robbery of a cab driver at 3:20 am.

He was on his way home from his shift at Kennedy Airport when he intervened in the robbery even though he was off duty.

A shootout ensued and Officer Von Amelunxen was struck in the heart with a .22 caliber round.

The case remained unsolved until 1986 when four men were charged with his murder.

Officer Von Amelunxen had served with the United States Customs Service for nine years and had previously served with the Federal Air Marshal Service.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New York
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Not available

off duty, robbery

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Merry Christmas Roger. We will not forget your sacrifice and great courage as well as the generosity through the Roger L. Von Amelunxen Family Fund.


December 23, 2021

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