Prosecutor: Off-duty police officer shot, killed in deer hunting accident
Authorities say an off-duty Sussex County police officer died after he was accidentally shot while hunting.
The county prosecutor’s office says 38-year-old Hamburg Patrolman Jason Franco was hunting deer with a family member in Wantage on Tuesday when he was struck by a shotgun blast.
First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller told NJ Advance Media the investigation suggests it was a “tragic accident.”
Authorities have not released the name of the relative.
Franco worked for the William Paterson University police department before he was hired by Hamburg in 2018.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.