Patrolman Christopher M. Dunn

Patrolman Christopher M. Dunn

Jefferson County Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, April 3, 1980

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Christopher M. Dunn

Patrolman Dunn was shot and killed after he and another officer took a man into custody outside a Lyndon Food Mart grocery store at 813 Lyndon Lane.

A 15-year-old female companion of the man took a revolver from the man's truck and opened fire, shooting Patrolman Dunn in the back around 11:30 a.m. and fatally wounding him. Patrolman Dunn was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The shooter pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. The other subject, age 23, was convicted of murder as an accomplice.

Patrolman Dunn had served with the department for two years and was a police officer in Anchorage for two years before that. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, juvenile

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I was in my car on New Lagrange Rd that day. It was shortly after the shooting as police cars and ambulances were responding Code 3. Later that evening I learned what had happened. It left me with a sick feeling I carried for several days. Having grown up in Lyndon, this was the worst thing that had happened in Lyndon, that I could recall, to that point in my life (I was 23). A friend and I were talking about the event today. He owns a business in Lyndon and recalled the day well.
A few weeks later at a new job I started working with city and county police officers. As a group there wasn’t a finer bunch of guys.
RIP Officer Dunn. You are not forgotten, sir.

Bob Crawford
Louisville native

January 2, 2024

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