Patrolman Richard H. Conklin

Patrolman Richard H. Conklin

South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1972

Richard H. Conklin

Patrolman Conklin was shot and killed while assisting a local rescue squad transport a mentally ill patient. The patient, who was being restrained with wrist straps, was able to break free and ripped Patrolman Conklin's service weapon from its holster. He then shot Patrolman Conklin twice, killing him. The suspect was committed to a mental institution.

Patrolman Conklin had been with the South Plainfield Police Department for just over 5 years and was survived by his fiancée, parents, and two sisters.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed

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I never got the chance to meet my great uncle Richie, but my grandmother Ethel who recently passed away..always talked about her little brother. I wish I had gotten the chance to meet him..but one day I will. He seemed like he really influenced a lot of peoples lives.

<3 # 23

Nicole Frey
Great Niece

February 28, 2018

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