Trooper Robert G. Dunning

Trooper Robert G. Dunning

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Sunday, June 14, 1987

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Robert G. Dunning

Trooper Robert Dunning was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a man with a gun call. The suspect shot both officers with an AR-15 rifle, killing Trooper Dunning and wounding his partner in the leg. The suspect then committed suicide.

Trooper Dunning had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 2569

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Committed suicide

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New York State Troopers and colleagues. I drive under the Trooper Robert G. Dunning Bridge whenever I am on the Taconic State Parkway. Yes, I remember this tragedy. I’m not law enforcement and work in the Railroad / Rail Transit industry. However, I think that it is so appropriate that this young hero be remembered with this structure. God bless him, his family, and all who serve to keep us New Yorker’s safe. Every time I see a Trooper who has pulled someone off along the road, I say a silent prayer, for God only knows who they’re dealing with.


May 25, 2023

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