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    A Burbank Police sergeant who was listed in an FBI probe into police misconduct shot himself to death Thursday morning [10/29/09] on the corner of a residential street, authorities said.

    Burbank Police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr., 50, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the corner of North Sunset Canyon Drive and East Harvard Road, Lt. John Dilibert said.

    Police were called to the intersection at about 11:40 a.m. after witnesses reported seeing Gunn turn the gun on himself, Sgt. Thor Merich said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

    Officers sectioned off several blocks of Sunset Canyon Drive and surrounding streets, shielding views of the body from the public as detectives investigated the scene.

    A 22-year veteran of the department, Gunn received several commendations for his work, including the Ministerial Officer of the Year in 1992, and two departmental professional esteem awards, one in 1997 and one in 2004.

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  • #2
    A thread about the FBI probe is in the California forum here.


    • #3
      I am sure he was an exceptional officer. People make mistakes. God bless his family, may he rest in peace.
      "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865


      • #4
        50 years old and twenty-two years of service? There's no information yet as to whether or not his death was associated with the inquiry, but I don't care what he was facing, he was eligible for retirement. If the sergeant's decision was associated with job related issues, bailing out was an option far better than death.
        "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."


        • #5
          Here's the press release from Burbank PD. Curious as to how they headlined it "Man dies....."


          Man dies after self-inflicted gunshot wound Posted Date: 10/30/2009 11:00 AM

          On October 29, 2009, at approximately 11:40 am, Burbank police officers responded to the scene of a reported shot fired/man down call at Sunset Canyon and Harvard Road.

          Responding officers found a man down with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Fire department paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

          The victim was identified as 50-year old, Neil T. Gunn, a 22-year veteran and Patrol Sergeant with the Burbank Police Department. During his career, Gunn received numerous commendations for his work, including the Ministerial Officer of the Year in 1992, and two departmental Professional Esteem awards, one in 1997 and the second in 2004.

          This incident is a devastating tragedy. The members of the police department and all our city employees share in the grief with his family during this difficult time.

          The Glendale Police Department is handling the investigation into Sergeant Gunn’s death.
          Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun.
          And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son.


          • #6
            Very sad. Unfortunatly some feel their reputation is who they are, and even when innocent they feel they lost everything.
            Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.



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