Patrolman Frank Bruno, Jr.

Patrolman Frank Bruno, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, October 7, 1960

Frank Bruno, Jr.

Patrolman Frank Bruno was shot and killed while investigating a burglary in progress at 639 East McLemore Street. Patrolman Bruno and his partner were informed by a citizen of a possible burglary at the address. While Patrolman Bruno's partner questioned the complainant, he entered the store. Two shots were fired as he entered, one of which struck and killed Patrolman Bruno. Patrolman Bruno's partner fired several shots at the suspects as they fled, but none hit their mark.

A tip led to the arrest of all three suspects on September 25, 1962. Two were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Their sentences were later commuted to 150 years. The third suspect was sentenced to 99 years. In 1982 the suspect who fired the fatal shot was pardoned by Governor Lamar Alexander. But because of public outrage Governor Alexander withdrew the pardon 24 hours later.

Patrolman Bruno had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by a wife and two children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 98

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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As an 8year old living on cummings st. in memphis tn I remember Frank Bruno very well.He was a very likable person as I remember and very dedicated in his appearance and action toward the community.His tragic death has stayed with me for 55 years and I will always remember him as a very special human being.God seems to take our best and I hope when my time comes Frank Bruno is one person I would like to shake his hand and tell him thank you.

Memphis resident in 1960

February 28, 2015

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