Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns

Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns

Dayton City Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, July 1, 1973

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Daniel Henry Bruns

Patrolman Daniel Bruns was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight while off duty.

He was entering a bar that his friend owned at 522 Xenia Avenue at the same that his friend was attempting to throw out two men who were fighting. When Patrolman Bruns walked in the friend identified him as a police officer and asked him to escort the men out. As he did so one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him.

The 19-year-old subject was arrested, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 15 years to life.

Patrolman Bruns had served with the Dayton Police Department for 23 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 414

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 1, 2021

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