Patrolman Richard H. Conklin

Patrolman Richard H. Conklin

South Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1972

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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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

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

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Well now you have your other sister with you now,,better take care of her because that’s is my mom. I be said and happy because she been waiting to see her little bothers for the longest time and now your have her and now we need to wait to all be together, Like I said Uncle Richard I wish I followed in you footsteps, Love your godson

Daniel Frey
My Uncle and godson

June 2, 2019

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