Former Providence Police officer involved in murder-suicide

By Bianca Buono


A retired Providence police officer and his wife are both dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Investigators say the ex-cop killed his wife then fled to New Jersey where he took his own life after being spotted by police.

In a press conference Sunday, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh Clements said 61-year-old retired officer Franklin Osgood was involved in the murder-suicide. One of Osgood’s four children frantically showed up to the police department on Saturday after a traumatic phone call with her father.

"He had clearly indicated, verbally, to a family member, one of his children, that he had caused harm to their mom, to his wife,” said Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh Clements.

Police rushed to the couple’s home at 435 Eaton Street in Providence’s Elmhurst neighborhood to check on Mary Jo but nobody was home. They then turned their focus to the garage.

"We believe there was a crime scene there. We believe that’s where he may have caused harm to his wife,” Clements said.

Osgood fled as far south as Maryland. Just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, New Jersey State Police found him driving near the New York border.

"The vehicle that Franklin Osgood was driving with Rhode Island registration, the Dodge Charger, crashed into a turnpike barrier and moments later he inflicted a gunshot wound to himself,” Clements said.

Officers then made a shocking discovery. They found Mary Jo’s body in the trunk. Police believe she was shot and killed in Providence sometime Friday.

Osgood joined the department in 1995 and formally retired from the in 2007. He was collecting a monthly accidental disability retirement pension.

Clements, along with neighbors ABC6 spoke with off-camera, are devastated and unsure of a motive. They say this came out of nowhere.

"There were a few of his academy mates on the scene. No indication while he was on the job of that type of behavior,” said Clements.

Colonel Clements, along with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and other police officers, spent the day Sunday consoling Osgood’s four children. They are asking for their privacy during this difficult time.

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