The Chief
October 19, 2007

Guilty Verdict In Officer's Murder

Killer Faces Life

By REUVEN BLAU

The man who fatally shot Police Officer Dillon Stewart during a car chase in 2005 was convicted of first-degree murder Oct. 11.

DILLON STEWART: 'A heroic sacrifice.'
DILLON STEWART: 'A heroic sacrifice.'
Allan Cameron faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with no chance of parole when he is sentenced next month. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association called for reinstatement of the death penalty for those convicted of murdering cops.

'Senseless Murder'

A Brooklyn Supreme Court jury deliberated for two hours before announcing its decision in front of scores of Officer Stewart's family members, friends, and colleagues from the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn.

"His senseless murder was yet another tragic example of the devastation that illegal guns bring to our communities, and I will continue to honor his memory by fighting to keep illegal guns off our streets," Mayor Bloomberg said shortly after the verdict was announced. "We will never forget Dillon Stewart's heroic sacrifice and his inspirational final hour."

Officer Stewart was fatally shot Nov. 28, 2005 as he tried to pull over Mr. Cameron's car for running a red light in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He did not initially realize that he had been hit under the armpit, and followed the suspect's fleeing car into a parking garage several blocks away.

Mr. Cameron, who was on parole and had been wanted for assaulting officers in Philadelphia and New York, was apprehended a few hours later at his girlfriend's apartment. Investigators said that he was carrying more than 50 small bags of marijuana and a 9-millimeter handgun in his car.

At the month-long trial, Officer Stewart's partner in the car during the shooting testified that he was unable to see the assailant. Mr. Cameron's attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Officer Stewart was hit by his colleagues shooting at the escaping car.

"Regrettably, Cameron does not face the fate that he imposed on Dillon Stewart, who was a fine police officer and loving husband and father," said PBA President Patrick J. Lynch. "It is time for our elected officials to find the political will to legislate a constitutionally appropriate death penalty for the murder of a police officer."