NY PO dies after being shot while pursuing driver

Officer Down: Dillon Stewart - [New York, New York]

Biographical Info

Age: 35

Additional Info:  Officer Dillon Stewart had been with the New York Police Department for five years. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Officer Stewart was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to pull over a car.

Date of Incident: November 28, 2005

By TOM HAYS, The Associated Press

NEW YORK - A police officer was shot and killed early Monday while pursuing a driver who ran a traffic light in Brooklyn.

The owner of the car, a 27-year-old man, was later arrested.

After he was wounded, officer Dillon Stewart continued to pursue the shooter until the car disappeared into an underground garage. The officer was pronounced dead about six hours later after undergoing surgery at Kings County Hospital.

Stewart, 35, was driving an unmarked police vehicle, but he and his partner were wearing their uniforms.

The incident began around 3 a.m. when Stewart and his partner tried to stop a car that ran a red light in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood. The car circled back and pulled alongside the police vehicle, and the motorist opened fire.

The Police Department said Stewart was the first officer killed in the city in the line of duty this year.

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