PATERSON — An on-duty police officer died while on duty on Sunday morning.

Paterson officer Tamby Yagan struck a parked car on Getty Avenue around 10:50 a.m. with his marked patrol vehicle, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

According to state pension records Yagan has been a member of the Paterson Police Department for just over 12 years.

Valdes said Yagan was taken to Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The cause of the crash remained under investigation. No one else was involved in the crash, according to Valdes.

"Our heartfelt and sincere sympathies to the family of our brother, Tamby Yagan. May you Rest In Peace," the department wrote on its Facebook page.

State Police and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office fatal accident unit are investigating the crash.

Paterson mayoral candidate Aslon Goow Sr., told the newspaper Yagan was a member of the Circassian community. In a message on Twitter Port Authority Police said Yagan had a son.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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