N.J. cop takes own life in parking lot, officials say

Trenton Police Sgt. Daniel Pagnotta was found dead by suicide in a parking lot Wednesday


Jeff Goldman
NJ Advance Media Group, Edison, N.J.

TRENTON, N.J. — A veteran Trenton police officer took his own life in a parking lot Wednesday, officials said.

Sgt. Daniel Pagnotta, a 21-year-veteran of the department, died this morning in Plainsboro, according to a city spokesman.

Sgt. Daniel Pagnotta of the Trenton Police Department died by suicide July 29, 2020.
Sgt. Daniel Pagnotta of the Trenton Police Department died by suicide July 29, 2020. (Photo/City of Trenton via NJ Advance Media)

“Beloved by everyone in the Trenton Police Department, he was devoted to Trenton and police work,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said in a statement.

The statement described Pagnotta as a devoted husband and father of two who loved soccer and making people laugh. His father, also named Dan, is a retired Trenton police officer.

“Dan was proud to continue a legacy of law enforcement in his family,” Gusciora said. “Dan and his family are on our minds and in our hearts. He will be dearly missed.”

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