Trooper Anthony Lukis, Jr.

Trooper Anthony Lukis, Jr.

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, May 4, 1966

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Anthony Lukis, Jr.

Trooper Anthony Lukis was shot and killed while patrolling the New Jersey Turnpike in Westampton Township at 1:40 am.

He had stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of the roadway when be became engaged in a violent struggle. When Trooper Anthony Lukis attempted to handcuff the suspect, the suspect produced a hidden weapon and was able to shoot him four times in the back and twice in the head, killing him instantly. The suspect was captured a short time later near Paulsboro after a wild chase.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death December 15, 1966. In 1972 his sentence was commuted to life. On November 2, 1973, he escaped from Trenton State Prison. Two weeks later he was shot and killed by a New Jersey detective in New York City when he refused to surrender.

Trooper Lukis had served with the New Jersey State Police for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years, 3 months
  • Badge 1754

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Later shot and killed

patrol, struggle, suspicious vehicle

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Good Evening Everyone,
It's been years since I've come to this site. Again, thank you so very much for all of your kind words and never forgetting my dad. Dan, Mike and Rabbi, thank you for your thoughts and prayers and kindness to us also. Dan, I think it's amazing that you remember my dad! Thank you! I pray your dad is still with you! And thank you Mike for your service too! Our family is all still well, thank God! Here's an amazing thing .... my daughter and I work for the NJ State Police now and as I walk in every day I get to pray for all of the Troopers and their families. We get to walk around the campus and visit my dad's tree in the memorial garden and I wonder many days if I'm walking where my dad once did. I'm not sure which buildings and sidewalks and roads were there all those years ago, but it makes me feel close to him. So there you go, God is truly amazing! God Bless every one of you that has shared about my dad, I will continue to pray for you and your families!

Lana Maldonado

September 11, 2022

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