Patrolman John Frank Norcross

Patrolman John Frank Norcross

Haddon Heights Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, April 20, 1995

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John Frank Norcross

Patrolman John Norcross and Investigator John McLaughlin, of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, were shot and killed while trying to serve a search warrant on a suspect being investigated for child abuse. The suspect had gone through a sex-change operation 3 years earlier to become a female.

After the officers entered the house the suspect opened fire, killing Investigator McLaughlin and wounding Patrolman Richard Norcross. Patrolman John Norcross, the brother of the wounded officer, responded to the shots fired call and was shot and killed after arriving on the scene.

The suspect was found guilty of both murders and received a life sentence and a death sentence. The New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the death sentence after two separate penalty phases of the trial. The suspect was sentenced to death after a third trial but the sentence was eventually reduced to life in prison.

Patrolman Norcross had served with the Haddon Heights Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1822

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I cannot believe it has been 26 years since that fateful day. Despite all of the years, it still seems so fresh and I think of you many, many times a day. Your courage and dedication have inspired me to try and do great things in you and Jack's honor. Your sacrifice cannot have been made in vain. I hope I am making you proud because I am so proud of you.

Your loving brother,


Rich Norcross, Commander (Ret.)

April 19, 2019

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