Corrections Officer Alfred J. Baranowski

Corrections Officer Alfred J. Baranowski

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1972

Alfred J. Baranowski

Corrections Officer Alfred Baranowski and Corrections Officer James Souzawere 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 Baranowski was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of WWII and had served with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Al or Tot as he was known to his family was a wonderful man and father. He was my godfather and my first memories of him are when he played hockey for the Boston Olympics team. I still think of him a lot and remember working for him when he had a dry cleaning business in East Walpole before he worked for the prison.It was a sad day when we heard he had been shot at work. He had served in WW2 and survived that.

Barbara Baranowski
Niece and Goddaughter

February 19, 2017

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