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Ex-cop in New Jersey kills himself after police chase with dead wife in trunk

August 1, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ex-cop in New Jersey kills himself after police chase with dead wife in trunk

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A former police officer killed himself on Saturday night after a car chase with state police in Newark, N.J., who later identified the body of the officer’s wife in the trunk of the car.

According to to the New York Post, 61-year-old Franklin Osgood, a former officer in Providence, Rhode Island, was confirmed dead at about 11:30 p.m. at Hackensack University Medical Center. Mary Jo Osgood, his wife, was pronounced dead at the scene just two hours later.

At a press conference on Sunday, Providence police confirmed that Osgood’s daughter contacted them on Saturday and informed them that her father was missing and distraught. He was last seen on Friday morning.

Osgood allegedly phoned his daughter to tell her that he had harmed her mother, Hugh Clements, Providence Police Chief, told reporters.

Law enforcement officials in Providence issued an alert to precincts all over the country. Clements said a police officer was able to get in contact with Osgood over the phone on Saturday, however, he did not reveal his location.

The New Jersey State Police were notified at around 9 p.m. on Saturday that Osgood was believed to be driving on the New Jersey Turnpike in a 2007 Dodge Charger.

Troopers spotted the car almost a half hour later, several miles from the George Washington Bridge. Osgood refused police orders to pull the vehicle over and eventually drove off the road, slammed into a guardrail and then struck a police car.

Troopers discovered Osgood with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and Mary Jo Osgood’s body was found in the trunk.

Clements told reporters that Osgood retired from the police department in 2007. He also said that Osgood and his wife had four children.

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