Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, October 24, 1974

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Emerson J. Dillon, Jr.

Trooper Emerson Dillon was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious vehicle on the New York State Thruway near Canastota.

Unknown to Trooper Dillon, the two occupants had just committed an armed robbery and were fleeing the scene. Trooper Dillon approached the car and removed one of the suspects. During the ensuing scuffle the second occupant exited the car and shot Trooper Dillon. Before he died Trooper Dillon was able to return fire, striking the suspect vehicle as it fled.

Two suspects were apprehended later that day. A third suspect was apprehended the following day in New York City. The suspect who shot Trooper Dillon was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in December 2017 at nearly 75 years old. One of the other two suspects died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence.

Trooper Dillon was assigned to Troop T and had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 597

Incident Details

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

suspicious vehicle

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46 years ago Trooper Emerson J. Dillon, Jr. was taken away from his family, taken away from those who loved him, taken away from his friends, however in those 46 years we have never ever forgotten this great man. Emerson would be proud of his children, especially Michael.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

October 24, 2020

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