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Patrolman Frank Buczek | Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman

Frank Buczek

Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, September 18, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 24 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Patrolman Frank Buczek was shot in the back of the head and killed while working a special detail in a church parking lot at West 6th and Liberty Streets. It is thought that he was ambushed from behind and his service weapon stolen. He was killed just two blocks away from where Patrolman Robert Perry was killed on July 1, 1970.

Two suspects were arrested, members of the Plainfield, New Jersey Black Panther Party. Suspects later became members of the Black Liberation Arm. Both were acquitted at trial.

He had served with the agency for 24 years and was survived by his wife and three children. He was six months away from retirement.

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Dad, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. But Mom is with you now so it's not so lonely for you. You would be so pleased to see how your grandchildren have grown up and so excited to see your great grandchildren, yes all three of them.
Love you always, Pam

Pamela Luther
Daughter
May 15, 2015

 

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