Patrolman Frank J. Papaianni

Patrolman Frank J. Papaianni

Edison Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 1971

Frank J. Papaianni

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.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 55

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was 11 years old in town when this happened to you. I am now retired with 25 years on the job. I thought of you often while I was on patrol. You inspired me and helped me to stay safe. Thank you...

P.O Rich Gulya (Ret)
UMDNJ / Rutgers Police

November 22, 2017

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