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Patrolman Frank J. Papaianni | Edison Police Department, New Jersey Edison Police Department, New Jersey


Frank J. Papaianni

Edison Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, September 16, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 55

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Frank Papaianni was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a silent holdup alarm at a bank at Menlo Park Mall.

The suspect opened fire on the officers when they arrived at the scene, striking Patrolman Papaianni in the chest and critically wounding his partner before they were able to exit the patrol car. The suspect, an ex-convict, was shot and killed.

Patrolman Papaianni had served with the Edison Police Department for three years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two children.

Lake Papaianni was named in honor of Patrolman Papaianni.

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Sgt. Jim Russo
September 16, 2016


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