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Police Officer Thomas Emil Raji | Perth Amboy Police Department, New Jersey Perth Amboy Police Department, New Jersey

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Thomas Emil Raji

Perth Amboy Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, August 22, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 169

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charged with vehicular homicide

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Officer Thomas Raji was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on Route 1, in Woodbridge, while he was transporting a prisoner to the Middlesex County Jail.

The drunk driver had run two red lights at the intersection before broadsiding Officer Raji's patrol car. Another officer and the prisoner in the patrol car were both injured. The drunk driver was charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Officer Raji had served with the Perth Amboy Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his expectant wife, who also serves as an officer with the same department.

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I never had the privilege and honor of meeting you. Being Born and raised in Perth Amboy and being the son of a retired Perth Amboy Police Officer makes your passing that much closer to home. I've heard great things about your work ethic and professionalism. May you continue to rest in peace. God Speed

Police Officer/ Instructor William Lopez
Miami-Dade Police Department
September 11, 2016


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