Patrolman George Dunham

Patrolman George Dunham

Franklin Township (Somerset County) Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, July 10, 1960

George Dunham

Patrolman George Dunham and Patrolman John Lebed were shot and killed while escorting a man to get bail money.

The man had been arrested by the officers after they received a tip that he was carrying a concealed weapon and driving with a revoked license. After the arrest, the subject was taken to the police station where he was booked and told he would have to pay a $250 bond. To obtain the funds, the officers escorted him to his home at 140 Montgomery Street, in New Brunswick, where he then shot and killed both of them. The man fled and was later surrounded in Union Township.

To avoid capture, he shot himself in the head, causing a severe wound. While on his deathbed, he admitted to the murders of Patrolman Lebed and Patrolman Dunham as well as two previous murders.

Patrolman Lebed and Patrolman Dunham were honored by having a public park, Dunham-Lebed Park and two public roads, Lebed Drive and Dunham Street, named after them.

Patrolman Dunham was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

weapons violation

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George Dunham was my cousin, I never got to meet you but I just want to say you were never forgotten. My mother spoke very highly of you! May you rest in peace,

Michelle Steward
Michelle Cobb Steward, daughter of Helen Dunbar Cobb

November 7, 2018

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