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Hero Down: Hamilton Police Lt. Mark Horan Found Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Robbinsville, NJ – Hamilton Police Department (HPD) Lieutenant Mark Horan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 30, according to his department.

The 52-year-old lieutenant’s body was found at his Robbinsville home later that day, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office told NJ.com.

Investigators determined Lt. Horan’s death was a suicide.

“On behalf of the entire Police Division, our thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Horan’s family,” HPD Chief James Stevens told NJ.com. “He will be greatly missed.”

Chief Stevens described the longtime lieutenant as an exemplary police officer who was well-respected and well-liked throughout the law enforcement community.

Lt. Horan served the HPD as a dispatcher prior to becoming a police officer in 1998, NJ.com reported.

He worked in the anti-crime unit, patrol division, and detective unit as both an officer and as a supervisor during his tenure and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2017.

He also received many valor awards during his career for his exemplary public service, WTXF reported.

Lt. Horan was serving as an administrative supervisor at the time of his death.

He leaves behind his wife and five children, NJ.com reported.

“I ask the Hamilton Township community to join me in keeping the Horan family and Hamilton Police Division family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin told the news outlet.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hamilton Police Department Lieutenant Mark Horan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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