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Detective John Sczyrek | Newark Police Department, New Jersey Newark Police Department, New Jersey


John Sczyrek

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, June 3, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1701

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Detective John Sczyrek was shot and killed in court by a suspect who was trying to keep him from testifying on an undercover assignment.

As Detective Sczyrek walked down the hallway of the courthouse the defendant's cousin opened fire with a .357 caliber handgun. The suspect attempted to flee but was apprehended a short distance away.

Detective Sczyrek was survived by his wife and daughter.

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I'm originally from Jersey and I was a senior at Nutley High when this happened. I remember standing outside of the high school as the motorcade passed. Because of the bravery of men like you, I wanted to be a police officer. Time may have passed but I think of you often. Rest in Peace my brother.

Officer Robert Cordasco
Boston Police Department, Boston, Mass
May 23, 2016


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