Patrolman Richard Gordon Janczewski

Patrolman Richard Gordon Janczewski

Avoca Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, May 27, 1986

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Richard Gordon Janczewski

Patrolman Janczewski was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked in the woods near the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Airport. As he approached the vehicle a man emerged from the woods. Patrolman Janczewski asked the man for identification. The man went to his car, produced a handgun, and began firing at Patrolman Janczewski.

Patrolman Janczewski was struck once in the chest, but before collapsing, returned fire and wounded the suspect once. The suspect then walked over to Patrolman Janczewski and shot him in the head. The suspect then committed suicide.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

suspicious vehicle

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Rest in peace Patrolman Janczewski.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 11, 2019

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