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Detective Sergeant Patrick A. King | Long Branch Police Department, New Jersey Long Branch Police Department, New Jersey

Detective Sergeant

Patrick A. King

Long Branch Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, November 20, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 167

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide after shootout

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Sergeant Patrick King was shot and killed by a wanted murderer who had been arrested by the same agency two weeks earlier under an alias. Sergeant King was on his meal break and had just ordered food at a local restaurant. Unknown to Sergeant King, the suspect had called 911 twice in the preceding few minutes in an attempt to lure a Police Officer to the area. The suspect was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a murder he had committed in Massachusetts in 1996. After learning that the FBI was searching for him, the suspect vowed that he would not go to prison and decided to kill as many Police officers as needed to before killing himself.

As Sergeant King was standing at the counter of the restaurant waiting for his order, the suspect walked up behind him and shot him in the back of the head twice with a .38 caliber handgun. The suspect then took Sergeant King's service weapon and stole his patrol car. While in the patrol car, he taunted other officers over the radio.

The suspect then car-jacked two separate cars and led New Jersey State Police and other Long Branch police officers on a 50 mile high speed chase which ended on the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to New York City. After crashing his vehicle on the bridge, the suspect engaged other officers in a gunfight before taking his own life with Sergeant King's weapon.

A police officer from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department was accidentally shot and wounded by a New Jersey State trooper in the shootout on the bridge.

Sergeant King had served with the Long Branch Police Department for 22 years and is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Today I made a donation in your memory today for the Police Unity Tour Chapter IV - a classmate from my high school is doing the ride in your honor. I was a college kid when you were murdered in West End and now I am your age when you died. Thank you for your service to Long Branch. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten. God Bless you and your family. Rest in Peace Sergeant King.

Former Student from Long Branch High
Student from Long Branch High School
March 28, 2016


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