Corrections Officer James R. Souza

Corrections Officer James R. Souza

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1972

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James R. Souza

Corrections Officer James Souza and Corrections Officer Alfred Baranowski were shot and killed during an escape attempt from the Norfolk Prison.

The inmate's wife had smuggled the gun into the prison for him. The inmate then shot and killed his wife and attempted to escape. Officers Souza and Baranowski were killed as the inmate attempted to escape. When the inmate was unable to escape, he shot and killed himself. A prison was named in honor of Officer Baranowski and Officer Souza.

Officer Souza had served with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

escape attempt

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Just a correction here : Souza was a Corrections Officer and Baranowski was an Industrial Instructor. Souza was working the desk in the visiting room when the inmate's wife smuggled the guns in and was shot by the inmate after he acquired them from his wife.

CO Luke Rebelo
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 25, 2021

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