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Constable Joseph Perry Brophy
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

End of Watch: Friday, January 6, 1978

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 33554

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, January 6, 1978
Incident Location: New Brunswick
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable Brophy was shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance in Hoyt, New Brunswick.

Constable Brophy and his partner Corporal Barry Lidstone were gunned down when they tried to intervene in a domestic dispute.

The situation appeared initially to have calmed down, when the suspect was asked to go into his bedroom. When unchallenged, he did so, and returned with a hunting rifle. He shot both officers dead, and then killed his wife as well.

This incident was studied extensively in the training of
subsequent RCMP recruits.

Related Line of Duty Deaths
Patch image: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FederalCorporal Barry Warren Lidstone
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CAN
EOW: Friday, January 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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