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Detective John J. Gaffney | Newark Police Department, New Jersey Newark Police Department, New Jersey


John J. Gaffney

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Saturday, December 7, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/6/1912

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Detective Gaffney succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night as he and another officer attempted to question three men in the Central Railroad yards at Lafayette Street. The officers were following the three men when one of the men suddenly opened fire on them, striking Detective Gaffney in the abdomen. The other officer returned fire but did not strike the suspects.

Detective Gaffney was transported to St. James Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following night at 1830 hours.

Detective Gaffney had been with the agency for 12 years and was assigned to the Detective Bureau.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 99th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 7, 2011


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