Missing former Rhode Island police officer shoots himself on NJ Turnpike
A missing Rhode Island man, who was reported to be armed and dangerous, was found dead in his car on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday night after refusing to stop for state troopers, police said.
Troopers attempted to stop the driver of the 2007 blue Dodge at 9:11 p.m. in Ridgefield Park, near milepost 113, but the driver refused to pull over, according to a post on the New Jersey State Police Facebook page late Saturday night. The car became disabled about two miles later.
New Jersey State Police said officers approached the car and found the driver with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. All lanes of the turnpike were closed Saturday night as the police investigated the incident.
New Jersey State Police have not yet identified the man, but according to The Providence Journal Bulletin, the man was Franklin Osgood, a former Providence police officer whose daughter reported he was "missing and distraught." Providence police went to his home and after searching his garage declared it to be a crime scene, according to The Providence Journal Bulletin.
Police issued a bulletin with information about Osgood's car when they could not locate him.
Providence television station WPRI reported that police said Osgood was traveling with his wife Mary Jo but police would not disclose her whereabouts.