Detective William T. Gunn

Detective William T. Gunn

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 27, 1992

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.


  • 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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Hello Folks, Just wanted to express my sadness to so many of Law Enforcement Community... I am always saddened when discovering any LIFE taken in violence under any circumstances..... But To Have so many of Our Law Enforcement Personnel to be Killed in the LINE of Duty by a Person whom had a choice... Give Up and Think of the Tragedy that , You could have prevented by placing Your Firearm pointing to the Ground when knowing that You did wrong by just the mere having a weapon that You know not to have....... It's not about You out there..... The Community values all our Law Enforcement as they are the Last Line of defense and Drop everything when just hearing the Call To Duty..... We ask not for Our selves when rushing to the 10- 10 Gun Runs as we want to secure not ourselves , But the general Public , especially Our Most Vulnerable . Our Children , Elderly , disabled without knowing of Color , But of Our Valour to Keep the Public Safe...... So Please be more understanding .When Seeing a Police Enforcement Member , Just Take the Time to say Hello with a smile anytime You see us...... Weather in the Hospital, The street , Getting Coffee, or just walking or driving bye...... Just Wave hello and let Us know that You Value Our Serving with You and Your Family without Prejudiced...... No Matter where You Came from , creed, Color We get there ASAP........ So please remember We come without prejudices to help and to Serve all Our People..... In short , Please Remember All Our member's of the department , especially the Member's and their Families to those Whom made the Supreme Sacrifice , for that other's may live in Peace.......... The Funeral Masses are at the same time every YEAR...... So if You can, PLEASE , Yes , PLEASE Post in the Local Library's and in Schools and Try to Support the Family of every Member Whom Gave their Life , so as We May ALL Live in a safer Environment........ Support Your Local Police by sharing the date of the Service with other's and show Your Sincere Thank You to ALL The HEROES and the True Heroes ,the Family Member's that Continue the Hard Journey to continue to Live without their LOVED ONE Whom they will remember everyday till their Last...... The Widow's and Offends The Heroes to Continue On ........... Please , never forget them....... I hope to see them all in the Promise Land............. Hang in there Families ........ Your Children will continue in their Father or Mother's Tradition....... Never forget , and Prepare for Your Entry in the Police Academy...... We are awaiting Your Great Tradition.......... See You all then....... Make Your MOM or DAD Proud ...... Obtain the SHIELD........

Retired Sergeant Gerard Hinton
NYPD 23 , 34 , 75, 101 Precincts , I will never let go. Stay Positive

March 10, 2018

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