Centre Keeper John R. Fitzgerald

Centre Keeper John R. Fitzgerald

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, May 10, 1911

John R. Fitzgerald

Centre Keeper John Fitzgerald succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained seven years earlier when he was shot by an inmate in the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.

The inmate had been polishing brass when he suddenly attacked another keeper, striking him over the head several times. He then grabbed the keeper's firearm and tried to run out of the wing of the prison. He shot Keeper Fitzgerald in the back, permanently disabling him, before being shot and killed by other prison guards.

Keeper Fitzgerald had served with the New Jersey State Prison for approximately nine years.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, January 8, 1904
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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64 years of age and still serving. Bless you Sir.

Pat Van Den Berghe

May 10, 2017

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