Officer Donald G. Luning

Officer Donald G. Luning

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 14, 1982

Donald G. Luning

Officer Donald Luning was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a man who fled from a stolen vehicle.

Officer Luning and his partner were working a tactical detail when they spotted the vehicle occupied by a male and a female on Jay Street, NE. When the man fled the vehicle Officer Luning pursued him into an apartment building at 3712 Hayes Street, NE, and a struggle ensued. The suspect gained control of Officer Luning's weapon and shot him after pinning him to the ground.

The man was arrested several hours later after barricading himself in his apartment inside the building. He was convicted of Officer Luning's murder and sent to prison.

Officer Luning had served with the agency for 11 years and was assigned to the 6th District. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 661

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted

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35 years ago I had the honor of meeting
Officer Gary Luning as he was working a
security job at Erol''s Color TV in Wheaton, MD.
It was only a week later that Gary made the
ultimate sacrifice for his community!! I was in
shock to hear the news that September day and
over the years I have often thought of Gary and may God
Bless you and your family. Gone but never forgotten.

Donald Fletchinger

December 2, 2017

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