On June 14, 1987, Trooper Robert G. Dunning, 45 was shot and killed after responding to a complaint of a suspect menacing his neighbor with a rifle.
At 9:50 p.m., Sergeant Robert Garzetta and Trooper Dunning responded and engaged the individual in conversation. Without warning or provocation, the man raised his rifle and began firing at the two members.
Trooper Dunning was mortally wounded in the heart, while Sergeant Garzetta was wounded in the leg. Sergeant Garzetta returned fire, wounding the suspect three times.
The man then turned his weapon on himself and committed suicide.