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Patrolman Richard H. Conklin | South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman

Richard H. Conklin

South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, January 21, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 23

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/21/1972

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Committed

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Patrolman Conklin was shot and killed while assisting a local rescue squad transport a mentally ill patient. The patient, who was being restrained with wrist straps, was able to break free and ripped Patrolman Conklin's service weapon from its holster. He then shot Patrolman Conklin twice, killing him. The suspect was committed to a mental institution.

Patrolman Conklin had been with the South Plainfield Police Department for just over 5 years and was survived by his fiancée, parents, and two sisters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I Pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 21, 2012

 

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