Patrolman Frank H. Dunn, Jr.

Patrolman Frank H. Dunn, Jr.

Hammond Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, June 1, 1961

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Frank H. Dunn, Jr.

Patrolman Frank Dunn was shot and killed in an ambush situation while walking his downtown beat.

When checking on a business, a man rounded the corner and for no apparent reason shot Patrolman Dunn four times in the chest. A massive manhunt led into Chicago where the suspect was apprehended after a sharp-eyed hotel clerk recognized a roomer who had been living at a Hammond hotel until the day Patrolman Dunn was shot.

On September 25, 1962, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The Indiana Supreme Court granted the suspect a new trial in 1968. On July 13, 1968, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 2 to 21 years, making him eligible for parole in April of 1970.

Patrolman Dunn had served with the Hammond Police Department for over 9½ years. He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 9 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Dunn,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hammond. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 1, 2021

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