Corrections Officer James R. Souza

Corrections Officer James R. Souza

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1972

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.

Bio

  • 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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Officer Souza, it's now 46 years since your senseless murder. Your name lives on. It's so sad that you didn't.

God Bless, Brother and may your eternal rest continue to be peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 31, 2018

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