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Officer Thomas Joseph Szafranski | Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

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Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, May 24, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Executed in 1998

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Officer Thomas Szafranski was shot and killed by a sniper with a high-powered rifle while sitting in his patrol car near Davis Street and Sixth Street.

The sniper shot him in the head in the unprovoked attack. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on March 24th, 1998.

Officer Szafranski had served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for six years.

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Rest in peace Officer Szafranski. Your humility and courage won't be forgotten. May 24, 1981 was my mother's birthday. If she were here today she would be 94 years old. It's always tragic when our heroes and heroines do not get to grow older.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
May 17, 2017

 

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