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Police Officer Tyron Franklin | Paterson Police Department, New Jersey Paterson Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Tyron Franklin

Paterson Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, January 7, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 8 months

Badge # 4637

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 37 years

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Officer Tyron Franklin was shot and killed after being identified
as a police officer during a robbery attempt at a local fast food

He was paying for his food when a robber approached him and
demanded his money.

During the ensuing struggle, the robber produced a handgun
and shot him four times. The shooter then shot him two more
times as he lay on the ground after a witness yelled at him
saying the victim was an officer. The shooter also shot and
wounded a citizen who attempted to come to Officer Franklin's

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting. He was arrested
by officers from the Paterson Police Department and US
Marshals in nearby Irvington, New Jersey, on January 16,
2007. On May 9, 2008, the suspect was convicted of Officer
Franklin's murder and sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Officer Franklin had served with the Paterson Police
Department for only 8 months. He is survived by his 16-
month-old son.

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Thinking of Officer Franklin this month of January. My ancestors originally when they came to America settled in the community of Paterson, New Jersey and in performing research on the community I learned of the tragic news of this hero's death. This hero made the ultimate sacrifice and he will never be forgotten. When I go to my parish tomorrow for Sunday Mass Officer Franklin will be in my thoughts and in my prayers. Also praying for Officer Franklin's brothers and sister officers on Paterson Department that they stay safe while they perform their duties.

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA
January 17, 2016


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