Corrections Officer Alfred J. Baranowski

Corrections Officer Alfred J. Baranowski

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1972

Alfred J. Baranowski

Corrections Officer Alfred Baranowski and Corrections Officer James Souzawere shot and killed during an escape attempt from the Norfolk Prison.

The inmate's wife had smuggled the gun into the prison for him. The inmate then shot and killed his wife and attempted to escape. Officers Souza and Baranowski were killed as the inmate attempted to escape. When the inmate was unable to escape, he shot and killed himself. A prison was named in honor of Officer Baranowski and Officer Souza.

Officer Baranowski was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of WWII and had served with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Officer Baranowski, it's now 46 years since your senseless murder. Your name lives on. It's so sad that you didn't.

God Bless, Brother and may your eternal rest continue to be peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Depatment

July 31, 2018

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