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Officer Abigail J. Powlett | Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey


Abigail J. Powlett

Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, March 15, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Powlett was shot and killed by a suspect who had overpowered her and taken her as a hostage. Officer Powlett and another officer had responded to a call involving a man with a gun. The two officers made contact with the suspect and as Officer Powlett searched him the man began to resist and gained control of Officer Powlett's service weapon.

The suspect held Officer Powlett on the ground with the gun pressed against her head. Other officers responded to the scene and immediately began negotiating with the suspect. Without warning, the suspect shot Officer Powlett in the head, killing her. The other officers returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

Officer Powlett had served with the Plainfield Police Department for 3 years. She was survived by her mother and two children.

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The main Officer was our LT. John Driscoll, who stood in the line of fire and tried to save her life. He was willing to die for her. The perpetrator shot Abby in the head and the all the cops fired back. The entire department was in mourning for several weeks the town was quiet. We thought there was something wrong with our radio transmissions. Many of us cried, others were solemn. There is more about all the cops feelings. Abby you we will not forget you.

Officer Santiago Soto at the time.
Plainfield Police Division
September 6, 2016


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