Officer Robert F. Dunn

Officer Robert F. Dunn

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 13, 1943

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Robert F. Dunn

Officer Robert Dunn and Officer Frank Davis were shot and killed after responding to a burglary call on Granby Street at approximately 5:00 am. When the officers arrived at the scene they were immediately fired upon as they exited their patrol cars.

Both officers returned fire, emptying their revolvers, before being fatally wounded.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested later in the day by two Navy Shore Patrolmen and a Norfolk police officer. He was convicted of two counts of murder and received two life sentences. He was paroled in 1963.

Officer Dunn had served with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1963

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I thank God, the city of Norfolk and the internet for keeping his memory alive as well as the memory of Frank Davis for his family as well. I did a short stint as a deputy sheriff in Norfolk for several years. I knew about this incident but did not know the details. Thank you for bringing the facts .

Bryan Dunn
Great nephew

March 4, 2019

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