Investigator John D. McLaughlin

Investigator John D. McLaughlin

Camden County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, April 20, 1995

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John D. McLaughlin

Investigator John McLaughlin and Patrolman John Norcross, of the Haddon Heights Police Department, 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 three years earlier to become a female.

After the officers entered the house, at 1231 Sylvan Drive, 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.

Investigator McLaughlin had recently retired from the USAF Security Police. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 188
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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It has been 26 years since that fateful day that brought us together. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you, Kim and the girls. You are my hero and I hope you keep watching over all of us. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Rich Norcross, Commander (Ret.)

April 19, 2019

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