Detective William T. Gunn

Detective William T. Gunn

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 27, 1992

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William T. Gunn

Detective William Gunn succumbed to a gunshot wound received in 1989 when he was shot in the head by a suspect. Detective Gunn and three other officers were investigating two murders and went to the home of a man wanted for questioning in those murders. When the officers arrived, the suspect exited and opened fire, wounding one of the officers. Detective Gunn ran to assist the fallen officer and was shot in the head by the suspect. He remained in a coma from the time of the shooting until his death.

The suspect escaped by hiding in a nearby apartment after killing the 67-year-old female occupant. Later that week, the suspect was shot and wounded by an off-duty New York City Police Officer as he tried to rob a store. The suspect again escaped, but shot and killed himself later that night as police closed in on him.

Detective Gunn was assigned to the 67th Precinct Detective Squad and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective. After his death a portion of Snyder Avenue between Nostrand Avenue and Rogers Avenue was renamed to Detective William T. Gunn Avenue.

Detective Gunn had served with the New York City Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1054

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 20, 1989
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Billy, I have always remembered you from our six months together in the January, 1982, Police Academy class. I remember having lunch together in the P.A. lunchroom, and how we studied the Law class work as we ate. I took a photo of you when were at the Firearms Range in City Island. It has always remained one of my most treasured PD mementos. We will meet again at our Final Command in Heaven. Put in a good word for me Billy. I need it.

Detective Anthony Alicea (Ret)
Retired from Major Case Squad, NYCPD

April 2, 2019

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