SUSSEX COUNTY

New Jersey Police Officer Shot, Killed in Hunting Accident

A Hamburg Patrolman was hunting deer with a family member Tuesday when he was struck by a shotgun blast, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Officer said.

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A New Jersey police officer has died after he was accidentally shot in a hunting accident, authorities said.

Hamburg Patrolman Jason Franco, 38, was hunting deer with a family member in Wantage on Tuesday when he was struck by a shotgun blast, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

“The investigation appears to suggest this was just a tragic accident,” First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller told NJ Advance Media.

Franco worked for the William Paterson University police department before he was hired by Hamburg in 2018.

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