Corrections Sergeant Donald Bourne

Corrections Sergeant Donald Bourne

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, February 28, 1972

Donald Bourne

Corrections Sergeant Donald Bourne was killed when an inmate stabbed him at the Trenton State Prison (now known as New Jersey State Prison).

Sergeant Bourne was guarding the prison mess hall when the inmate attacked him, stabbing him in the chest. Sergeant Bourne was taken to the hospital, where he died from his wounds. The inmate was charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The inmate was serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery and had been transferred from Rahway State Prison (now known as East Jersey State Prison) to Trenton State Prison after stabbing an officer in Rahway. That officer recovered from his wounds.

The subject who murdered Sergeant Bourne died on February 8th, 2013, after serving 40 years of his life term in the New Jersey State Prison.

Sergeant Bourne served with the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 14 years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 17

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Deceased

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I worked in the Donald Bourne or DB School so many times and not ONCE did I forget that it was named for a REAL person.... an ACTUAL Sgt just like me. I always wondered about the details of your life and thought often of your family. I pray that your soul is eternally resting in peace, sir.

Sgt Laura L Nabors (Retired)

February 28, 2018

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