Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns

Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 3, 1973

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Daniel Henry Bruns

Patrolman Daniel Bruns succumbed to his wounds when he was shot while attempting to break up a fight while off duty.

At 6:30 a.m., 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 in the forehead.

Patrolman Bruns was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and succumbed to his wounds two days later.

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, mother, two stepdaughters, a stepson, and three sisters.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 414

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 1, 1973
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty

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Patrolman Bruns,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army-during World War II in Europe fighting the Germans as a member of the 8th Armored Division-“The Thundering Herd!” And also in Korea as a member of the 1st Cavalry Division-“The First Team” fighting the communist Chinese and North Koreans.
And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 1, 2023

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