Officer Tyron Franklin
Paterson, New Jersey Police
End of Watch: Sunday, January 7, 2007
Tour of Duty: 8 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, January 7, 2007
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Tyron Franklin was shot and killed after being identified as a police officer during a robbery attempt at a local fast food restaurant.
He was paying for his food when a robber approached him and demanded his money.
During the ensuing struggle, the robber produced a handgun and shot him four times. The shooter then shot him two more times as he lay on the ground after a witness yelled at him saying the victim was an officer. The shooter also shot and wounded a citizen who attempted to come to Officer Franklin's assistance.
The suspect fled the scene after the shooting. He was arrested by officers from the Paterson Police Department and US Marshals in nearby Irvington, New Jersey, on January 16, 2007.
Officer Franklin had served with the Paterson Police Department for only 8 months. He is survived by his 16-month-old son.
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