Patrolman Otto Michael Roberto

Patrolman Otto Michael Roberto

Irvington Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1969

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Otto Michael Roberto

Patrolman Otto Roberto was shot and killed at the intersection of Avon Avenue and 20th Street while attempting to arrest two armed suspects who had just robbed a diner.

As he searched one of the men the other man grabbed him, spun him around, and shot him three times with a .32 caliber handgun. Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman Roberto chased both men approximately one block before collapsing.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died that night.

Both men were apprehended and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. One of the men died in prison and the other was paroled after serving 25 years.

Patrolman Roberto had served with the Irvington Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 71

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Deceased

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Ofc. Roberto,
I am Cpl. Anderson #4892 and work for the Austin Police Department. I have taken your place in the line of police officers. I was born the same day you were killed.
I turn 50 years old on the anniversary of your death and have been an officer for 22 1/2 years.
we are connected you and I and will remember you on my birthday.

Cpl. Al Anderson
Austin Police Department

January 17, 2019

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