Police Officer Henry W. Dunker

Police Officer Henry W. Dunker

Cairo Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 1892

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Henry W. Dunker

Officer Henry Dunker was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for disorderly conduct.

The suspect was arrested by the county sheriff and removed from the area to avoid a lynching. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on February 21, 1893. He was denied a pardon in 1901.

Officer Dunker had served with the Cairo Police Department for 12 years.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 17, 1892
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Dunker's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-25-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

July 25, 2016

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