NJ police officer killed in hunting accident

Investigators say the death of Patrolman Jason Franco, 38, was a tragic accident

By Rob Jennings

SUSSEX COUNTY, N.J. — The 38-year-old man fatally shot in a hunting accident Tuesday was a Hamburg police officer, the Sussex County prosecutor’s office said.

Jason Franco was hunting deer with a family member in Wantage when he was struck by a single round from a shotgun, First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said.

Patrolman Jason Franco
Patrolman Jason Franco (Hamburg Police Department)

Franco was pronounced dead at the scene around 12:30 p.m.

No foul play is suspected, Mueller told NJ Advance Media.

“The investigation appears to suggest this was just a tragic accident,” Mueller said.

The name of the family member was not disclosed.

Franco joined the Hamburg police department in April 2018.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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