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Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers…….Patrolman John Frank Norcross

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Patrolman John Frank Norcross
Haddon Heights Police Department
New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, April 20, 1995

Biographical Info
Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 1822

Incident Details
Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Patch Date of Incident: Thursday, April 20, 1995
Weapon Used: Rifle; Semi-automatic
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life

Officer 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 Officer Richard Norcross. Officer 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.

Officer Norcross had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife.

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